Backing for A47 upgrade

Steve Barclay
Steve Barclay
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Steve Barclay MP joined fellow Eastern region MPs to discuss a campaign to dual the A47, the key 105 mile strategic route between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

The talks held in the House of Commons follow a visit travelling along the A47 route in September by former Roads Minister Stephen Hammond, and are part of the growing momentum around the bid for funding.

Mr Barclay said: “It is critical to the economic growth of our area that the A47 is improved, and I welcome the opportunity to build this case as part of a concerted campaign alongside fellow MPs and our county councils. A particular focus for me is the Guyhirn and Wisbech bypass junction improvements.”

“It is encouraging that the Government has placed the A47 into the feasibility stage of the Highway’s Agency’s Route Based Strategy, meaning that this is being looked at as a serious proposal. The meeting today in Parliament identified the importance of a bid to the Chancellor ahead of the next Autumn Statement. I believe our vision should be to dual the whole of this route, and we need to ensure the first round of funding includes the relevant feasibility work to deliver this longer term aim”.

The A47 is part of the Trans-European Network and designated by the British Government as a trunk road. However the poor quality and unreliability of parts of the route means it does not function as the “gateway to growth” it should be.