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Government confirms A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will form key part of study into improving roads in Norfolk and Suffolk

13:04 17 January 2014

The government has confirmed a feasibilty study into improving the A47 will also include the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

The government has confirmed a feasibilty study into improving the A47 will also include the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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The Department of Transport has confirmed a feasibility study looking at ways of improving the A47 through Norfolk will also consider the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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The government had previously announced it would look into the possibility of improvements to the A47 to identify solutions to long-standing road hotspots around the country.

But politicians and business leaders have been making the case that the A12 should be reclassified as part of the A47, creating a trunk road connection from Peterborough all the way to Lowestoft.

And, on the day prime minister David Cameron visits the region, the government has confirmed their study will include the A12.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “The A47 and A12 are vital roads that give motorists and businesses access through the East of England and I want to ensure both provide the best service possible.

“These studies will ensure that investment will be targeted where it’s most needed.

“Good quality roads don’t just reduce congestion and improve safety, they boost the economy by unlocking growth. That’s why we are spending up to £50bn over the next 15 years on upgrading the road network.”

Mr Goodwill has written to local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and MPs whose constituencies lie within the proposed geographic scope of the study to set out a brief synopsis of the proposals for the study.

Arrangements have been put in place to discuss the details of the proposed scope of the study work with stakeholders during January and February.

Last year, the transport minister Stephen Hammond said that the A47 was among the top six routes in the country that will be looked at by the Highways Agency and was in the running to receive funding between 2015 and 2020.

The A47 Alliance - made up of council leaders and business representatives - launched an A47 Gateway to Growth prospectus in 2012, outlining how £500m would pay for a string of improvements to the 105-mile road.

They said that would boost economic output by £390m a year, bring in millions of pounds in private investment, create thousands of new jobs and cut journey times.

The A47 Gateway to Growth prospectus says about £110m in funding has already been identified, with the potential for £50m to £150m from other local sources, leaving between £270m and £370m to be sought from the government.

Councillors and MPs in Suffolk hope that, by continuing the A47 to Lowestoft, funding could help meet the costs of a new river crossing in the Suffolk seaside town.

Council bosses also say extending trunk road access from Great Yarmouth to the south shore of Lake Lothing in Lowestoft would help attract even greater benefits for the two towns - from the planned £50bn worth of investment in the southern North Sea over the next 10 years.

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7 comments

  • BlueRobin, I suspect you're correct as the Highways Agency (DoT) are responsible for street lightingsign lighting (at least) for the A12 from the Bascule Bridge to the Vauxhall roundabout in GY.

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    Brooke Yachts

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Jam tomorrow, milk and honey just around the bend, ooo, is there an election in the next 18 months?

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    A M

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Bigger roads means, more traffic.. that means congestion.... that causes delays... that means people stay away.. that means unemployment and more of us the internet to shop ..and that creates a surplus of shops needed.. .. that means less use shops... and the bigger roads to get there are not needed... basic logic.. it is happening now...60,000 empty shops around the UK and more every month added.. more people use their smartphone to do their shopping and home food supermarket deliveries.. will end up with better empty roads for white van parcel deliveries to deliver all the internet shopping...more basic logic. its happening now..

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    Lionel

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • IMO there is not a lot of comparison as the A12 section is a good stretch of road that is not really busy compared to the A47 which in many places like the Acle straight is single carriageway.

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    JEN

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • It needs more roundabouts.....

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    freaky_gerbil

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • This article is worded in a way that implies the current A12 from north Lowestoft to Yarmouth isn't a trunk road, but it currently IS. The only change would be renaming it the A47. I notice a letter in the journal today from council leader Colin Law implying the same. I'm sure the A12 to the north IS already a trunk road.

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    BlueRobin

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Every major road and that includes the entire length of A12 and A47A17 should be dualled with grade separated junctions. The motor vehicle is king, long live the motor vehicle. Those driving to make their living deserve better - much better! There are plenty of candidates for quiet roads where car drivers can meander along, mixing it with cyclists, tractors and whatever, but the main roads are an artery across the country and they carry the lifeblood of that country and should be built and maintained to the highest standard.

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    Dean

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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