A47 Blofield to North Burlingham Dualling - Statutory Consultation

Closed 19 Oct 2018

Opened 10 Sep 2018

Overview

This consultation has now closed. Please visit the scheme webpage by clickling here for further information and updates on the scheme.

We are 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, being held in accordance with the Planning Act 2008, follows on from a previous consultation held on this scheme in March 2017 and our selection of the preferred route which we announced in August 2017.

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.

A DCO is a type of planning application, which is needed for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Following the submission of the DCO application, the Planning Inspectorate will hold a public examination of the application before making a reccomendation to the Secretary of State for Transport who will decide whether or not the project scheme should go ahead.

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 submit an application for the project.

How to get involved

You can use the following methods to respond this consultation:

  • Online:

    Follow the link below to the online response form.
     
  • Email us directly:

    A47BlofieldtoNorthBurlinghamRIS@highwaysengland.co.uk
     
  • Write to us directly:

    Freepost A47 BLOFIELD TO NORTH BURLINGHAM

To allow us time to collect and assess all responses to this consultation before finalising our DCO application, please ensure your response reaches us by 11.59pm on Friday 19th October 2018.

All of the consultation information is available on this webpage, including a brochure with a summary of the proposed route.

We are also holding public consultation events, where you can see information about the proposed scheme and meet with members of the project team:

Venue Date Time

Castle Mall
100 Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3DD

Saturday 15th September 2018 11am to 5pm

Acle Recreation Centre
Acle, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3RA

Saturday 22nd Septembet 2018 11am to 5pm

Blofield Courthouse
Yarmouth Road, Blofield, Norwich, NR13 4JU

Monday 24th September 2018 1pm to 8pm
Lingwood Village Hall
Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ
Tuesday 25th September 2018 1pm to 8pm

Consultation material will also be available to view from Monday 10th September to Friday 19th October at the following public locations:

Venue Opening Hours


Lingwood Village Hall 
Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ

Monday - Thursday: 8.45am to 3pm

Blofield Library
North Street, Blofield, NR14 4RQ

Monday: 1pm to 7pm

Wednesday: 10.30am to 7pm

Friday: 4pm to 7pm

Saturday: 12pm to 4pm

Blofield Post Office
10 Church Alley, Blofield, Norwich NR13 4JJ

Monday to Saturday: 7.30am - 8pm

Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW  

Monday to Friday: 10am to 7pm

Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Fly-through video

Below is a video showing the proposed route:

Scheme background

The A47 trunk roads form part of the strategic road network and provides for a variety of local, medium and long distance trips between the A1 and the east coast.  The corridor connects the cities of Norwich and Peterborough, the towns of Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Dereham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and a succession of villages in what is largely a rural area.

In 2014 the government published the Road Investment Strategy. This includes a package of 6 schemes to improve journeys on the 115 mile section of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. Together, the proposals will relieve congestion and improve the reliability of journey times for drivers.

The proposals include converting almost 8 miles of single carriageway to dual carriageway and making improvements to junctions across the route. The 6 schemes are:

  • A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling
     
  • A47 Guyhirn junction improvement
     
  • A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling
     
  • A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling
     
  • A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvement
     
  • A47 Great Yarmouth junction improvements

Need for the scheme

The Blofield to North Burlingham section of the A47 is an important, well-used stretch of road for those living and working in the area. Sandwiched between two dual carriageway sections, this stretch of the road acts as a bottleneck; resulting in congestion and leading to longer and unreliable journey times. Our studies have identified that the single carriageway section of the road no longer meets the needs of its users.
The section also has a poor safety record, with a total of 40 collisions recorded on the section between 2013 and 2017.

With further planned growth, including the ‘City Deal’ for Norwich, including over 50,000 new jobs and 100,000 homes, it is likely that these issues will only be increased.

Our proposals will create a new dual carriageway that will:

  • relieve congestion
     
  • create extra road space
     
  • improve safety
     
  • provide a free-flowing network
     
  • support economic growth

Further information about the Planning Act 2008 process and DCOs can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

Audiences

  • All members of the public

Interests

  • Roads