Norfolk MPs tell minister of need for A47 upgrade

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Media captionRoads minister Stephen Hammond was persuaded to drive the route

A call for improvements to the A47 has been put by Norfolk MPs to a transport minister Stephen Hammond during his visit to the county.

The minister saw the road for himself and heard MPs argue the case for it to be upgraded.

Queues and collisions have formed a grim tapestry across its 105-mile route.

Campaigners say if the A47 is upgraded, in Norfolk alone 10,000 jobs could be created.

Running from Great Yarmouth, through Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and on to Peterborough, the A47 is a key road taking business and goods to and from the Midlands.

'Call for commitment'

MPs, local councils and businesses banded together and persuaded the roads minister to drive that route.

They are calling on the government to invest £800m to upgrade the road.

Conservative MP for Mid-Norfolk George Freeman said: "What we really want from the government is a specific commitment to the route.

"They are going to be impressed by the business case for it."

Mr Hammond said he had been impressed by the case put by local MPs he met on his visit.

He said they had put the "best case I have seen" for road improvements.

It was one of the top six schemes being considered by the government for investment, Mr Hammond added.

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