£19m road upgrade in Norwich

The Department for Transport (DfT) is investing £19 million in a new transport scheme in Norwich that will see improvements made to the A47.

Money will be spent on enlarging the junction on the A47 at Postwick, east of Norwich. The improved transport link will allow further development of the existing Broadland Business Park and development of the new Broadland Gate Business Park.

The growth of the business parks is expected to create over 5,000 new jobs and allow 600 new homes to be built.

Local transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “This major road improvement is great news for Norwich, with fantastic benefits for local people including new homes and the creation of thousands of new jobs.

“The £19 million we are putting into this project will greatly boost the infrastructure Norwich needs to help the local economy grow.”

The Postwick Park and Ride site next to the junction will also be enlarged as part of the scheme to provide people with more choice of how to travel.

The main works are scheduled to start in April 2014 with completion of the scheme in November 2015. The Department for Transport will provide a maximum of £19m towards the full scheme cost of £24.4m.

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