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Hopes for new investment in the A47 road in Norfolk

There are signs that the government is to announce new investment in the A47 road Credit: ITV Anglia

There are new hopes the government will soon announce major improvement work on the A47 road which links Norfolk with the Midlands.

Reports in The Times newspaper suggest the Chancellor has agreed to underwrite a £1 billion road investment programme to include the A47.

The A47, which runs from Great Yarmouth to Birmingham, is a vital link for east coast ports and the the tourist industry including the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads.

The road has seen a number of fatal and serious road crashes in the past few months.

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Hints over more cash for A47 improvements

The Prime Minister has hinted that more cash may be available for improvements to the A47.

Responding to a question from Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham that there may be some "more money" en route to Norfolk for improvements to A47.

It came after MP Henry Bellingham (Con, North West Norfolk) said that Norfolk should have a fairer share of resources.

Woman dies in A47 crash

A woman has died following a crash on the A47 at Dereham, Norfolk this morning.

Emergency services were called to the two vehicle collision on the eastbound carriageway at 10.30am.

The passenger in one of the cars died at the scene, whilst the driver was seriously hurt although her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The male driver of the second car has been taken to hospital and is critically injured.

The road is currently closed in both directions with diversions in place.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the crash and are keen to trace the occupants of a small black car which was seen driving erratically on the Norwich-bound carriageway at the time and failed to stop at the scene.

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Appeal launched after Norfolk death crash

Police are appealing for the driver of a red car to come forward after two young girls were were killed last Thursday evening on the A47 on Wisbech. The car was seen travelling towards King's Lynn around the time of the incident.

The girls died at Walsoken when a black Ford Focus left the road and overturned, coming to rest on its side at the edge of a ditch.

It happened about 500 metres north of the Broad End Road junction as the vehicle travelled towards Wisbech.

Jessica and Tamzin Portor Credit: ITV Anglia

Tamzin and Jessica Portor, aged 10 and seven and from Sutton Bridge in Spalding, died from their injuries.

Three other people travelling in the car, a 12-year-old boy, 38-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, all suffered minor injuries.

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