A47 corridor improvement programmeRecently updated

Six improvement schemes across the A47.

Region:  East
Start date:  2019/2020
Cost:  £300 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022

What impact will this have on my journey?

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Progress report

We have begun to identify options for this scheme. We are gathering more detailed information on existing conditions along the route as part of the process. We will be doing traffic and ecological surveys and assessing the environmental impacts of each option. We are engaging with local authorities and stakeholders, including:
  • A47 Alliance
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Members of Parliament in Westminster
  • Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association
This will help us to develop the most suitable options for the area.

What next?

Once we have developed the options for the scheme we will announce our preferred route. We hope to do this in mid 2017.


Date Event
October 2014  Initial feasibility study by the DfT
December 2014   Scheme included as part of the Roads Investment Strategy
March to December 2015 Advanced feasibility study
December 2015 to December 2016 Development of options
Mid 2017 Preferred route announcement
Mid 2018 Start of statutory process
2020 Start of works

Why we need this scheme

The A47 has a number of congestion hotspots around Norwich, Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. There is also significant growth predicted in the area which our proposed improvements will help to support.

The scheme in detail

We are proposing 6 locations along the route for improvements. These are:
  • A47 Wansford to Sutton; dualling
  • A47/A141 Guyhirn Junction; junction improvement
  • A47 North Tuddenham to Easton; dualling
  • A47 Blofield to North Burlingham; dualling
  • A47/ A11junction; Thickthorn junction improvement
  • A47/A12 junction enhancements to the following junctions and roundabouts: Vauxhall, Gapton, Harfreys, Bridge Road and James Paget Hospital
You can view a route map outlining the six schemes. These proposals are part of the Roads Investment Strategy announced in 2014.


This scheme will:
  • support economic growth in the Peterborough, Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas
  • improve safety performance - contributing to a 40% reduction in accidents across Highways England’s roads over the next five years
  • improve accessibility to the region
  • reduce congestion

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