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A Parliamentary reception is to be held to make the case for full dualling of the A47
A Parliamentary reception is to be held to make the case for full dualling of the A47

Politicians leading the campaign to dual the A47 will take their case to Westminster next month.

A Parliamentary reception will be held on Tuesday, June 25 to help make the case for the A47 Alliance’s aim of a funding commitment for full dualling of the route by 2030.

The group is also calling for three sections of the road, including the one between Wisbech and Peterborough, to be prioritised and upgraded by 2025.

Although £300 million has been allocated for improvements in six areas, including the Guyhirn roundabout, work is not expected to start until next year at the earliest.

Cambridgeshire combined authority mayor James Palmer said: "We have been working hard to bring plans forward that would see the whole of the route dualled in Cambridgeshire in a single scheme and crucially our findings show a strong economic case.

"But we need Government support for this, and that’s why taking the message to Westminster directly is so important.

"It can’t be overstated just what a difference such campaigns can make, especially one such as this which has widespread backing from people, businesses and local representatives.”

Alliance chairman Martin Wilby added: “The East of England is a vast region but we are under-served in terms of our transport links. It’s time for this to change.

“A fully dualled A47 is vital to achieving this.”

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