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Cash boost for region to help provide new roads, more homes and encourage small businesses

The region's to get hundreds of millions of pounds to help provide new roads, more homes and encourage small businesses start up.

It's part of a Government scheme aimed at stimulating growth away from London. It's hoped it will create thousands of new jobs.

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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.

Energy firm confirms investment in wind farm

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.

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