A47 Blofield to North BurlinghamRecently updated

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

In March and April 2017 we held a series of public information events to display our four proposed options for the dualling of the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham.

To view the results of this consultation, please visit the consultation page.

In August 2017, after taking on board the comments received, we made our Preferred Route Announcement where we announced that we would be pursuing Option 4, proposing a new dual carriageway to the south of the existing road.

What's next?

We will consult fully on our proposals during our statutory consultation which will be held between 10 September 2018 and 22 October 2018.

Timeline

Date Event
August 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
March 2020 Start of works
December 2023 Open for traffic

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, including over 50,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes planned for the area.

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.

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