MPs say du­alling of road is much needed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A scheme to turn a stretch of the A47 in Peter­bor­ough into a dual car­riage­way has been wel­comed. The pro­pos­als would see the road­up­grad­ed­be­tween­theA1 at Wans­ford andSut­ton­tothe west of Peter­bor­ough.

There would also be im­prove­ments to the junc­tion on the road at Guy­hirn.

The plans are part of a £1.1 bil­lion raft of schemes to upgrade roads across the east of Eng­land which were an­nounced by Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling.

Theroad­hashadanum­ber of se­ri­ous crashes in re­cent years, and the stretch which will be up­graded i s a few yards from where Sa­man­tha and Stephen Durber died in a crash in 2013.

The news of the upgrade was wel­comed by Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son , who said: “The up­grad­ing of the A47 is very wel­come and is some­thing I and other lo­cal MPs have lob­bied for over a num­ber of years.

“Pri­mar­ily it’s about safety and pre­vent­ing the re­cent and­tragic spate of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties but in ad­di­tion, eas­ing con­ges­tion – both west and east of the city – willimprove­traf­ficflowsand eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity as a grow­ing city for new jobs and busi­nesses.”

Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cam­bridgeshire, added:“Thisan­nounce­men­tis ex­cel­lent news for lo­cal busi- nesses, res­i­dents and com­muters. Peter­bor­ough is one of the fastest grow­ing ci­ties in the­coun­tryandther­e­movalof traf­fic pinch-points re­lieves con­ges­tion, de­creases travel time­and­drives­lo­cal eco­nomic growth.

“Mak­ingthis sec­tion of the A47 into a dual car­riage­way gives us an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to ad­dresshis­toric­safety con­cerns which have led to a num­ber of tragic ac­ci­dents in re­cent years.”

Con­sul­ta­tions on t he schemes are set to be run soon.

The stretch of road where the works will take place

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