Minister lights a touchpaper of hope that A47 improvements might happen sooner than expected to boost Wisbech and Fens

PUBLISHED: 17:32 19 December 2012

FLASHBACK: Emergency services clear up after another accident on the A47 at Wisbech. Now a transport minister has signalled improvements may be on the way.

FLASHBACK: Emergency services clear up after another accident on the A47 at Wisbech. Now a transport minister has signalled improvements may be on the way.

Archant

Stephen Hammond, responsible for roads policy, said the Government will next year begin to look seriously at the case for funding to the A47 between Great Yarmouth and Peterborough.

He said the improvements could be delivered as part of a series of pilot schemes the Government is planning to fund.

Mr Hammond said: “The A47 campaign came to me and they had put together a very powerful and well constructed argument.

“They have moved substantially forward from where they were two years ago. “They have the local authorities, MPs and the local enterprise partnership all working together.

“I certainly recognise that the A47 is a corridor of strategic importance, and I think I did give them hope there is going to be progress on this project.”

Officials from the Department for Transport will now work with local councils to see how the A47 upgrade can move forward.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Community and Infrastructure, was part of a delegation with Norfolk counterparts which met the Minister.

Mr Hammond heard how an improved road would help reduce rural isolation and boost employment in Fenland and especially around the Wisbech area.

He also heard about the work of the Wisbech 2020 Vision to improve the area, create jobs and support communities.

Cllr Bates said: “I urged the Minister to back the campaign to improve this highly used and congested road..

“We will continue to push for these improvements although we recognise the difficulties of finding funding for major schemes in a tough financial climate.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:53

The county council says it will make the Traffic Commissioners aware of a major investigation being undertaken into the Fenland Association of Community Transport (FACT) when they decide on whether to allow them operator licences to run commercial services through new limited companies.

Yesterday, 18:26

‘Houston we have a problem’ admitted county councillor Bill Hunt, vice chairman of the county council highways and community infrastructure, when he offered a public apology today for the number of potholes across Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday, 12:46

These fantastic images show a B-52 Stratofortress being refuelled over the North Sea by a KC-135 tanker from RAF Mildenhall.

Yesterday, 10:56

Police who were called to question a suspected burglar discovered £140,000 worth of cannabis in the same house.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter