News that improving the congestion blighted A47 Guyhirn Roundabout has been made a priority by the Government has been welcomed by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Around 20,000 vehicles use the A47 trunk road between Guyhirn and Wisbech every day and congestion on this route, particularly at peak times acts as a barrier to development and jobs.

The Council, which is part of the A47 Alliance, has long been campaigning with partners, such as Fenland District Council, Peterborough City Council and Norfolk County Council and local MP Steve Barclay, for the upgrade. The road is a vital east west route which links the east coast to the midlands.

The A47 is a trunk road which is maintained and managed by the Government's Highways Agency. The Council has been pressing the Agency for improvements from Guyhirn to Wisbech, given the regular lengthy delays experienced here, especially during peak times.

An announcement was made this morning that £300million is set to be invested in the A47 as part of the Highways Agency Road Investment Strategy. Latest estimates suggest that around £16million needs to be invested to create a new larger junction linking the A47 with the A141 at Guyhirn to improve accessibility and reduce the lengthy delays here. In addition, local partners are welcoming the news that the A47 Wansford to Sutton has been included as a priority for dualling on the A47 between the A1 and Peterborough before 2021.

A number of additional improvements to dual sections and improve capacity and safety is also proposed along the Norfolk section of the route.

The planned improvements along the length of this key east west route, linking the east coast to the midlands, should help in greatly improving accessibility and supporting business growth and the continued economic prosperity of north Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, who also represents the County on the A47 Alliance, said: "Anyone who has driven on the A47 knows just how congested it and how vital the route is to the prosperity of Peterborough, Fenland and beyond. I, with partners, have made the case to Government and ministers and it is pleasing to see they have listened and recognised the importance of this link. Improving the A47 is also part of the Wisbech2020 Vision and will help bring jobs as well as provide an easy and direct route for trade in and out of the Fenland area."

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