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Carlsberg shelves plans for distribution centre in Northampton

Bottles of Carlsberg beer.
Carlsberg has announced it is shelving its plans for a national distribution centre in Northampton. Credit: Press Association Images.

A major brewer has shelved plans to build a new national distribution centre in Northampton.

Carlsberg had planned to move its current centre from Swan Valley to the town's Brackmills Industrial Estate.

A spokesman for the company said the decision not to continue with the relocation plan was down to commercial considerations.



Minister's A47 road trip is welcomed by campaigners

A47, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The campaign to upgrade the A47 has had another boost with the visit of Robert Goodwill, the Parliamentary Secretary of State for Transport, who has driven along the road.

The A47 Alliance which represents businesses and local authorities along the A47 and A12 from Lowestoft to Peterborough has given the Minister an update on their priorities for the road.

They're calling for £416 million of targeted improvements over the next 6 years and a commitment to fully dual the A47 at a cost of £1.4 billion.

Doing this would cut 55 minutes off journey times and would lead to more jobs, homes and an economic boost.

16,890 more jobs

10,585 new homes

An annual £706 million boost in economic output ( GVA)

The Minister is travelling the whole route including the A12 at Lowestoft up to the A1 at Peterborough. He will also meet local MPs along the way.

Toby Coke, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said.

"What we need is firm commitment to fund the upgrading of the entire A47. The Government talks about infrastructure improvement, and it is needed here in Norfolk and our neighbouring counties now.

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