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Work to improve key road junction to start next month

The current A47 junction at Postwick in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A £19m scheme to improve a major road junction in Norwich is on course to start next month after ministers released the funding.

The work on the Postwick junction of the A47 aims to increase capacity.

Norfolk County Council said the improvements would allow nearby business and housing developments to go ahead, creating five thousand jobs and unlocking £82m of private investment.

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Transport Minister travels on the A47

A47, Swaffham Credit: PA Images

The Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, is visiting the region today to see for himself the challenges facing businesses and motorists who rely on the A47.

The Minister will travel along the key route between Great Yarmouth and Peterborough as business leaders make a case for greater investment.

He will also meet with local MPs and listen to views on the road, to see what can be done to tackle the problems that drivers face.

The visit comes after the a Government announcement on he 20th August that the Department for Transport would undertake a feasibility study on the A47.

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Norfolk MP welcomes move to improve A47 road

The Broadland MP has welcomed news that the government is considering giving extra funding to improve the A47 in Norfolk.

The road, which links Great Yarmouth to the Midlands, has been the scene of a number of road accidents.

Keith Simpson said Norfolk MPs has met the Roads Minister before Christmas to press the case for improvements to the A47.

Mr Simpson said: "He pretty well indicated that we were going to be high up on the priority list. I think the announcement today of more money and that the Department of Transport have named the A47 is a good indication. But nothing is set until we actually see the colour of the money."

Hints at A47 road cash back in March

The Prime Minister hinted that more cash may be invested in the A47 when questioned about it in the House of Commons in March.

David Cameron was asked about it by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

It's reported that the government will announce £1 billion of road investment in the spending review in June which could include improvements to the A47.

Click below to watch a clip from Prime Minister's Question Time on 20 March 2013.

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