Improving Infrastructure

Norfolk has a vibrant and diverse business community, but a key barrier to future economic growth for those businesses is our physical infrastructure i.e. roads and rail links.

Progress so far:

  • The dualling of the A11 was completed
  • Construction of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road commenced in early 2016 and is due for completion in early 2018
  • £300m funding is already allocated to improve sections of the A47 – improvements to be delivered by 2023
  • A nine year, East Anglia Rail Franchise was awarded in 2016.  It aims to deliver new rolling stock by 2019, free wifi for all, and some 90 minute services between Norwich and London

More improvements are needed

A47

  • Norfolk Chamber and partners are working with the A47 Alliance to draw up the business case for £260m+ of funding to dual the Acle Straight and the Tilney to East Winch section of the A47, near King’s Lynn, including the Hardwick flyover

Rail

  • Suffolk Haughley Rail Junction upgrade  needs to be completed by 2019
  • Improved safety, journey times, capacity and frequency by: Infrastructure upgrade 2019 – 2024 needed: Ely area upgrade – signalling, junctions & bridge; double of Norwich Trowse swing bridge; South Colchester loops; South Chelmsford re-signalling and level crossing closures; upgrades along the GEML

Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing (GY3RC)

  •  Funding of £1.2m needed to build GY3RC by the end of 2023
  • The business case for the GY3RC funding was submitted to Department of Transport in March 2017 – a DfT response is due by Summer 2017

Infrastructure on its own does not create jobs, it is the business community who do.  Norfolk Chamber wants to see that agreed transport improvements are delivered on time; further infrastructure barriers are removed; and new opportunities created, to ensure that Norfolk businesses have the levels of infrastructure needed to create new jobs and economic growth.

What are we doing?

The Chamber will influence and lobby central Government and work with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, our MPs and the A47 Alliance to ensure the business case for improved infrastructure is clearly heard. 

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