A47 Blofield to North Burlingham

We’re upgrading the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham to dual carriageway to ease congestion and support economic growth in the area.

Start date January-March 2022-23
End date 2024-25
Cost £50 million-£100 million

Latest updates

  • 30 June 2022

    Attend our public drop-in events

    We’ve recently been granted planning consent to proceed with our improvements to the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham. We will shortly be starting preparatory work ahead of construction.

    You can find out more about our plans and speak to our construction and project team at the following public drop-in events:

    • Thursday 29 September 2022, 1pm – 8pm at Tesco Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6DZ 
    • Saturday 8 October 2022, 10am – 6pm at Tesco’s Dereham, Kingston Rd, Dereham NR19 1WB

  • 22 June 2022

    Development Consent Order given the green light

    Today we welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to grant us a planning application called a Development Consent Order (DCO), which allows us to proceed with our plans to improve the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham.   

    This scheme is to the east of Norwich and will create a new 1.6 mile (2.6km) section of two-lane dual carriageway, remove unsafe side roads, and improve safety with two new junctions with bridges for the B1140 and to connect Blofield and Burlingham.  

    Traffic modelling data from 2019 shows this section of the A47 is used by over 30,000 vehicles a day, and currently has one of the highest recorded accident rates for an A-road in the UK. The changes will improve road safety by reducing the numbers of accidents and consequently the number of casualties:  the improvements should save a total of 190 accidents and 29 people killed or seriously injured over a 60-year timeframe. 

    We will be 'de-trunking' the existing A47 road for use by local traffic and creating new cycling and walking routes to improve safety for these and other vulnerable users.  

    View the Secretary of State’s decision letter here.

    For more information on our DCO and to view our DCO documents,  please visit the scheme page on the Planning Inspectorate website. 

    Keeping you informed  

    We plan to start work in autumn 2022. To keep you updated on scheme progress, we will:  

    • Issue regular scheme newsletters.  
    • Organise face-to-face public information events from August, using our engagement van at local venues. These will provide information about the scheme and allow us to answer any questions you may have. 
    • Hold online briefings in September, where you will have the opportunity to ask the team any questions and find out more about our scheme. 

    We will provide you with more details on our face-to-face events and online briefings on this page in the next few weeks. To make sure you know what’s coming up, sign up to our regular project updates by using the link on the right-hand side of this page.    

  • 23 December 2021

    Examination is now closed

    The Development Consent Order (DCO) examination for the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham closed on 22 December 2021.

    The Planning inspectorate will now prepare a report, including a recommendation, within three months of the close of examination and send this to the relevant Secretary of State.

    The Secretary of State then has a further three months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse the DCO.

    For more information on the DCO process, our application or to sign up for updates please visit our scheme page on the Planning Inspectorate website.

     

  • 03 November 2021

    Planning Inspector hearing dates

    The Planning Inspector's hearings were held from 16 August and the Hearing agendas published.

    Those who requested to attend Hearings were sent the joining details the day before by the Planning Inspectorate. The hearings were also broadcast live via https://www.liveeventstream.online/planning-inspectorate-a47blofield

    If you have any questions about the hearings process, please contact the Planning Inspectorate at A47BlofieldtoNorthBurlingham@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

    More information is available on the Planning Inspectorate website

  • 21 July 2021

    Resurfacing work at A47 Blofield junction in September

    We are planning to carry out essential resurfacing work at the A47 Blofield junction. The work is likely to take around seven weeks, and we'll be working during week nights only starting from 13 September until 5 November, subject to weather conditions.

    We are currently agreeing the most suitable diversion routes with the local councils

  • 06 April 2021

    Ground investigations and surveys

    We’ll be carrying out some important surveys and ground investigations work in the area from March to July 2021. These will give us a clearer picture of the condition of the existing road, as well as types of soils, rock types and the ground water levels, where we are proposing to upgrade the road. This work will help us start to plan the work safely and economically, ahead of the next stage in the project. However, this is not the start of construction.   

    You can expect to see survey vehicles and equipment in operation on the A47 from Blofield to North Burlingham and the surrounding area, including some on private property such as farms and nearby land.

    Some of the surveys will take place on roads, so we will need to make some lane closures for the safety of our workforce.

    Lane closures during the surveys  

    The surveys will take place on both the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham (approximately 4 kilometres) and the local roads nearby this.

    Survey work will take place on weekdays only.

    Location

    What you’ll see

    Date

    Time

    Single lane local roads

    Lane closures with two-way and three-way traffic lights

    6 April to 7 May
     

    7.30am to 5.30pm

    A47 – dual carriageway sections

    High speed lane closures

    19 April to 4 June

    9pm to 6am

    A47 – single lane sections

    Traffic signals

    19 April to 4 June

    9pm to 6am

    Single lane local roads

    Stop/Go and Give Way signs

    19 April to 6 May

    7.30am to 5.30pm

     

    We’ll be posting updates regularly from our regional Twitter feed @HighwaysEAST and Facebook page @HighwaysEAST

    Types of surveys we’ll be carrying out:

    • Topographical surveys, which are aerial surveys to understand the existing levels of the area
    • Utility trial holes to identify the precise location of existing services and utilities
    • Ground investigations to understand the existing environment and subsoil elements in order to ensure the chosen design is a workable solution
    • Road surveys, which are a series of tests on the existing road to determine its condition, depth and materials.

    Where survey work is due to take place next to residential properties, we will write to those residents in advance to let them know what is happening and when. We have advised landowners where we need access to their land.

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this survey work, and we thank you for your understanding.

  • 26 February 2021

    Planning Inspectorate acceptance of scheme submission

    We are pleased to announce that our Development Consent Order Application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in December 2020. It has subsequently been accepted in January 2021, allowing us to progress through to examination. The next steps in the process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

    Members of the public were able to register to participate in the examination and provide a response to our application during the Relevant Representation period until 6 April 2021. 

    Details of how to respond are available on the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham Planning Inspectorate's web page.

    The Section 56 Notice notifies the public that the Blofield to North Burlingham Development Consent Order application has been accepted for examination. View the Section 56 Notice.

    We are continuing to carry out ground investigations and other survey works to progress a more detailed design for this scheme.

  • 14 September 2020

    Proposed design refined following consultation

    Since our public consultation in 2018, we have made further refinements to our proposed design. We are now sharing our current plans for this scheme that will relieve congestion and improve safety.

    We held a statutory consultation in autumn 2018, based on the route shown in our Preferred Route Announcement. We received 767 responses. Your feedback showed that 63% wanted us to improve the road and agreed that our proposals would help reduce congestion and shorten journey times.

    Based on the feedback, we have refined our proposals to address the common themes and concerns raised, whilst ensuring that the project solves the traffic problem, improves journey times and improves safety as key considerations. You can view our latest design in our summer 2020 project update.

    We have also done more ground investigations and surveys, including using radar to detect underground plastic water and gas pipes; traffic surveys; and air quality monitoring. Environment and ecology surveys are continuing.

    We have been talking to affected landowners, local authorities, parish councils and environmental bodies. We have met with local landowners and will be meeting with more residents in the local area over the coming months.

    We successfully completed the archaeological trial trenching in June this year.

Project information

Overview

We are going to replace the existing single-lane section of the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham with a new two-lane dual carriageway. This will be 70m south of the existing road.

We'll make safety improvements to the Yarmouth Road junction, closing the right turn and adding a dedicated lane to join the A47. We will also add a new bridge over the new dual carriageway. This will connect the villages of Blofield and North Burlingham, and take traffic from Blofield toward Great Yarmouth.

In addition, we also are making changes to the east junction, with a new two-tier junction connecting B1140 South Walsham Road (north of the A47) with B1140 Coxhill Road (south of the A47).

For safety reasons, we are going to close the direct access from Lingwood Road and Lingwood Lane to this part of the A47 when it becomes a dual carriageway.

With this scheme, we’re aiming to: 

  • improve safety and reduce collisions 
  • help sustainable economic growth by supporting employment and residential development opportunities 
  • reduce delays and make journey times more reliable  
  • improve amenities for cyclists and pedestrians 

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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