From Highways England:
We’ve just been informed that our Development Consent Order for our A47 Blofield and North Burlingham scheme has been granted by the Secretary of State. You can view the decision letter here.
We’re delighted with this decision which means we can now progress to dual 1.6 miles (2.6km) of the existing single-lane section, remove unsafe side roads and improve safety with two new junctions with overbridges for the B1140 and to connect Blofield and Burlingham.
The scheme will reduce congestion, improve journey time and increase the overall capacity of the A47, as well as deliver a safer route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists and other vulnerable users.
This is the first scheme in our A47 corridor improvement programme to be granted and the next few months will inevitably mean more collaboration, while we finalise the detailed design and with an anticipated start of works in autumn 2022.
We’ll also be working closely with our customers to ensure they are aware of this decision and will be engaging with them to keep them up to date. As well issuing a regular scheme newsletter, we’re organising face-to-face public information events from August, and we’ll hold online briefings in September to provide information about the scheme and allow us to answer any questions they may have.
You can find out more about the scheme and its benefits and sign up for updates on our website www.nationalhighways.co.uk/a47blofield.
For more information on our DCO and to view our DCO documents, please visit our scheme page on the Planning Inspectorate website.