Highways England unveils preferred routes for £300m A47 works


Highways England has announced its preferred routes for a £300m package of works to improve the 115 mile stretch of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

Six separate schemes will include dualling three parts of the route and improving several junctions and roundabouts.

At more than £300m, the cost of the A47 corridor improvement programme represents a tenth of Highways England’s £3bn spending in the East of England under the £15bn road investment strategy 2015-20.

Philip Davie, Highways England programme leader for the A47, said: ‘We have listened to the public’s views and these have helped shape and inform our approach to our proposed schemes. Work now continues, adding detail to the design for each of the dualling and junction improvements, and on planning how we will deliver them in a way that keeps traffic moving.’


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Around Norwich, the work includes dualling the A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton and between Blofield and North Burlingham further east. There will also be junction improvements at the Thickthorn Interchange with the A11 plus two busy junctions in Great Yarmouth, on what was formerly the A12.

Further west at Peterborough, the work involves dualling a busy stretch between Wansford (A1) and Sutton, and improving the Guyhirn junction with the A141.

Consultations into each of the schemes were held in March and April. In total, 1,447 people had their say, with 1,333 people attending 19 public events.

Highways England said that work on the six projects could begin as early as March 2020, with completion dates starting from March 2021.

Click on the links below to see the relevant Highways England preferred route announcement leaflet.

• A47 Wansford to Sutton

• A47/A141 Guyhirn junction

• A47 North Tuddenham to Easton

• A47 Blofield to North Burlingham

• A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvement

• A47 Great Yarmouth junction improvements including reconstruction of the Vauxhall Roundabout

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