A47 Blofield to North Burlingham

Two new junctions to improve a section of the A47.

Region:  East
Start date:  2021
Cost:  £50 million - £100 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022
Programme:  A47 corridor improvement programme

Progress report

We’re consulting on our proposal to upgrade the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham. Our proposals will create a new dual carriageway that will relieve congestion, provide extra road space, improve safety and help provide a free-flowing network.

This statutory consultation is your opportunity to express your views on the design of the proposed scheme in advance of our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to authorise construction of the project.

Businesses, local authorities, public bodies, road users and the communities and neighboring areas can play an important part in the development of the scheme design. Your feedback is therefore essential to this consultation as it will enable us to improve the scheme before we start the planning process.

Take part in our consultation here

What's next?

Once the consultation closes we’ll review and consider your feedback. Where appropriate, we’ll use the feedback to make further refinements to our proposed design and development of mitigation measures. We'll then publish a consultation report. This will feature a summary of responses and will describe how our proposals have been informed by and influenced by them.

This will form part of our planning application and will be available to the public following submission of the application. We expect to submit our planning application in spring 2019.

Timeline

Date Event
September 2018 Publication of Statement of Community Consultation
September 2018 Statutory consultation
2019 Development Consent Order submitted. You will have further opportunity to comment on the scheme at this stage
2021 Start of works
December 2022 Open for traffic

Public information events during the consultation period

During the consultation, we’ll be holding the following 4 public events where you’ll be able to view the consultation materials and meet the project team to ask any questions you may have.

Date Time Location Address
Saturday 15 September 2018 11am to 5pm Castle Mall 100 Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Saturday 22 September 2018 11am to 5pm Acle Recreation Centre Acle, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3RA
Monday 24 September 2018 1pm to 8pm Blofield Courthouse Yarmouth Road, Blofield, Norwich, NR13 4JU
Tuesday 25 September 2018 1pm to 8pm Lingwood Village Hall Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ

Deposit locations

Consultation materials and the online feedback form will be available from 10 September until 19 October 2018 via this webpage, or you’ll be able to find paper copies at the following locations during their normal opening hours:

Location
Lingwood Village Hall – Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ
Blofield Library – North Street, Blofield, NR14 4RQ
Blofield Post Office – 10 Church Alley, Blofield, Norwich NR13 4JJ
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library – The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW
Broadland District Council – Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU
Norwich City Council - City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
Norfolk County Council – County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

The need for the scheme

The Blofield to North Burlingham single carriageway of the A47 connects areas of growing economic activity between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

The A47 corridor was identified as a key area in need of investment under the Roads Investment Strategy. The A47 currently experiences high levels of congestion especially at peak times. Our feasibility study on the Blofield to North Burlingham stretch of the A47 showed that this section of the A47 was currently operating at 108% (2011). These issues are only likely to be increased by further planned growth, including the ‘City Deal’ for Norwich.

Aims

The aims and objectives of the Blofield to North Burlingham scheme are to:

  • contribute to sustainable economic growth by supporting employment and residential development opportunities
  • reduce congestion-related delay, improve journey time reliability and increase the overall capacity of the A47
  • improve road safety and traffic flow, this will help us achieve our target to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our network by 40%
  • improve journey time reliability, making movements at the junctions more free-flowing and journey times more predictable
  • improve connectivity for local people and improve amenities for cyclists and pedestrians

The scheme in detail

The Blofield to North Burlingham single carriageway of the A47 connects areas of growing economic activity between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. We are proposing a new dual carriageway to the south of the existing road, within 70m of the existing carriageway. There are two proposed junctions. The junction at the western end includes a link road going over the new route to connect the existing A47 with the Yarmouth road via a bridge. The junction at the eastern end is a new grade separated junction in the form of an overbridge to provide a north south connection between South Walsham Road and Acle Road.

Further information

The guides below outline the procedures we follow when delivering large road schemes and how compensation can be claimed for the affects on residential, agricultural and other property from the use of new roads or alterations to existing roads operated by Highways England.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss your particular circumstances please contact the project team at A47BlofieldtoNorthBurlinghamRIS@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 470 2700.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Location : The A47 eastbound between the junctions with the A140 and the A146 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 October 2018 to 05:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The A47 westbound between the junctions with the A146 and the A140 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 October 2018 to 05:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The A47 eastbound between the junctions with the A140 and the A146 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 October 2018 to 05:00 on 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:11 pm
Location : The A47 westbound between the junctions with the A146 and the A140 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 October 2018 to 05:00 on 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:11 pm

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