Green light for Galliford Try’s £90m road job

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A occupation to dual portion of the A47 successful Norfolk has received the go-ahead.

The quality astir the A47 dualling job, betwixt Norwich and Acle, comes much than a decade aft the task was dropped by the government owed to a deficiency of disposable funding.

The dualling of the 4km agelong of motorway volition present spell up aft transport caput Grant Shapps gave his approval. That follows recommendations by the Planning Inspectorate for it to spell ahead.

The role is 1 of 2 connected the A47 that were awarded to Galliford Try successful 2019, to the tune of much than £100m. Work is scheduled to statesman this year, with the opening day for the newly-dualled carriageway acceptable for the summertime of 2024.

Shapps besides pushed up with returning different portion of the motorway, betwixt Blofield and North Burlingham, to a single-lane highway, immoderate improvements astatine Yarmouth Road Junction and a caller overbridge astatine Blofield.

The betterment enactment is acceptable to trim congestion connected portion of the A47, which has 1 of the highest-recorded mishap rates for A-roads successful the UK. A survey by the lawsuit connected the job, National Highways, recovered the dualling should forestall astir 190 accidents connected the conception implicit the adjacent 60 years, including 29 accidents involving superior oregon fatal injuries.

The occupation is 1 of six successful the works connected the A47, covering a 115-mile agelong betwixt Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

National Highways programme person for the eastbound portion Chris Griffin said the upgrade would “reduce congestion, amended travel times and, astir significantly, marque the roadworthy safer”.

“Getting the greenish airy for this task means we scope the adjacent signifier successful our committedness to improving the A47 corridor, with six large projects worthy astir fractional a cardinal pounds of investment.”

The announcement comes days aft Galliford Try secured a spot connected a £1bn highways framework covering much than 30 section councils successful England. Balfour Beatty, John Sisk & Son and Eurovia Infrastructure were besides named connected the framework.