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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.


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.

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.


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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