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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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Energy firm confirms investment in wind farm

The new wind farm is due to start generating power in 2017
The new wind farm is due to start generating power in 2017 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The developers of a new wind farm off the Norfolk coast have confirmed that the project will create up to 450 jobs and bring hundreds of millions of pounds in investment to the economy.

Based 20 miles off the coast of Cromer the Dudgeon wind farm could generate enough electricity to power approximately 410,000 homes.

It's a joint venture between two Norwegian energy companies, Statoil and Statkraft.

Scientists develop barley plant that has four times the drought tolerance

Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich are developing a barley plant that has four times the drought tolerance of their parent stock.

The effects of drought on a crop can be devastating – yield is generally reduced and the grain which is collected is often of poor quality compared to that grown under optimal conditions.

Barley is the world's fourth most commonly grown crop and has diverse uses such as cattle feed and in the production of beer and whiskey.

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C2C awarded 15-year rail franchise

Passengers have been promised improved services with the awarding of a 15-year rail franchise.

The Essex Thameside franchise has gone to present incumbent c2c, which is a National Express company.

As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £160 million.

“We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground-breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay at the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service. Today’s announcement is good news for passengers, taxpayers and shareholders alike.”

– Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive
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