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17 October 2011, 05:00
After years of campaigning, work to dual the final part of the A11 in Norfolk and Suffolk has been brought forward to this week.
It was officially announced last week that advance work towards the dualling of the A11 will begin today, so that construction can begin on time.
The work was originally meant to start next year, but a case has been made to bring it forward to make the road safer, cut delays and help improve the economy.
Several local MPs, as well as councils in Norfolk and Suffolk have campaigned to secure funding to improve the road.
Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk is thrilled with the news and said:
“People have been waiting for decades to see work start on the dualling of the A11. The A11 through Suffolk is the lifeline to Norfolk and desperately needs to be dualled. I have campaigned for work to begin along with Elizabeth Truss and other fellow MPs of the area, and I am thrilled that we have succeeded. The improved road will be much safer, and will help unlock business potential that has been held back by poor transport infrastructure. I know the news has been welcomed across my constituency, and I cannot wait to see the improvements begin.”
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Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, also commented:
“I am absolutely delighted that this advance work has been brought forward by a year to enable construction to start on time. This will mean that businesses can develop their investment plans with confidence. Last month I called for this scheme to be fast tracked because of its very high benefit-cost ratio. Key infrastructure projects such as this are vital to the future growth not only to Norfolk and Suffolk but for the country as a whole.”
Suffolk County Council Guy McGregor and Transport Minister have also commented on why work on the road is being done: