PM promises A47 improvements

The Prime Minister has promised major investment in the A47 as part of what he has described as the "biggest programme of road-building since the 1970s."

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A promise of millions for the A47, but the Prime Minister is accused of "a pre-election con trick"

One of the region's major trunk roads is included in what the Government has described as the biggest programme of investment for decades.

The Prime Minister says the A47, which runs from Great Yarmouth to the Midlands, will be part of a multi-billion pound scheme to upgrade some of the country's most notorious roads.

But Labour claims today's announcement is a con, and is just the Government repeating plans already revealed in the past.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

The news was greeted positively by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis, who says that investment has been a long time coming.

"For us in East Anglia, and particularly for me in Great Yarmouth, it gives us a real opportunity now to see money being spent on the A47.

Many people across Norfolk will have been campaigning for this for decades, and yet it was actually downgraded by the last Labour government."

– Brandon Lewis MP

Prime Minister promises investment in the A47 as part of road improvement programme

The Prime Minister has promised major investment in the A47. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has promised major investment in the A47 as part of what he has described as the "biggest programme of road-building since the 1970s."

The Thickthorn Interchange near Norwich is one part of the road which is thought to be earmarked for improvement.

In a speech to business leaders, David Cameron said he wanted to speed up journey times.

Labour have described the announcement as "a pre-election con trick" but the Prime Minister says he wants to spend £15billion before the end of the decade.

David Cameron says he wants to speed up journey times. Credit: ITV News

"This would lead to an extra 100 schemes being undertaken on our roads and we're looking specifically at those pinch points, those problem areas that businesses and people have talked to us about.

Looking at the A47 in the East of England, it's a high growth region that needs better transport links."

– David Cameron

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