MEP in bid to reverse A47 dualling decision

PUBLISHED: 15:26 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:17 29 April 2010

EURO MP Robert Sturdy took a trip along the A47 ahead of lobbying Brussels to reverse a decision to downgrade the route. Starting from Peterborough, the MEP headed through Fenland to Great Yarmouth for talks about the need to dual the road. It follows new

EURO MP Robert Sturdy took a trip along the A47 ahead of lobbying Brussels to reverse a decision to downgrade the route.

Starting from Peterborough, the MEP headed through Fenland to Great Yarmouth for talks about the need to dual the road.

It follows news that the scheme had been dropped from the EU's trans-European road network because there was little chance dualling would take place before 2020.

Mr Sturdy is to meet EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot in a bid to get the road reinstated as part of a drive to put pressure on the UK government to give a higher priority to the route.

The 100-mile journey last Wednesday took the MEP more than three hours.

"The whole point is to get the full picture and to have the whole length of it dualled," he said. "The next thing we have got to do is see how we can get government funding. It's about priorities, if we are going to develop the region, the government must consider it a priority."

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Malcolm Moss, MP for North-East Cambridgeshire, is to table a written question pressing for details of when the government first learned of the EU decision and how they responded.

"I want to see what involvement the government had in this decision," he said. "I'm vitally concerned about it - it's vitally important. If we want to develop King's Lynn, Wisbech and March we need much better communications."

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Borough Council, said better transport links were vital if the town was to deliver on plans to build an extra 11,000 houses.

"Roads are a big issue," he added. "We are looking to have 20,000 more people by 2021. We don't want to see all that development stifled by lack of infrastructure.

"We need much better links - what we need is a fully dualled road right from Peterborough to Yarmouth.

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