A11 plans given go-ahead

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The widening of the A11 between Norwich and the M11 has formally been given the go-ahead. Roads Minister, Mike Penning, announced this morning that proposals for this vital scheme have passed through the final stage of planning and can now proceed to construction.

The scheme will see the widening of a nine mile stretch of the A11 to complete the missing link of dual carriageway between Norwich and the M11. Norwich is currently the largest city in the UK not to be linked to the rest of the road network by a dual carriageway; research shows that this simple road enhancement could generate great economic prosperity to the region.

This is great news. We are now one-step closer to getting work started on this road improvement and see some real change in the region. Research shows that for every £1 invested in this scheme the returns will deliver more than £17 of benefits to the region’s economy.

Despite being a significant distance from the area where the immediate work is to be carried out, the knock-on effect for Great Yarmouth is huge. With a top quality road network companies are much more inclined to relocate to the town. Improved accessibility through this and the outer harbour could act as a real incentive for expanding companies and result in some huge economic benefits for Great Yarmouth.

22nd March 2011