Hope for new Lowestoft bridge from A47 extension plans

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Peter Aldous, Nigel Pickover, Stephen Ardley, Mark Bee, Graham Newman, Colin Law, Richard Perkins
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Mark Bee, centre, said the road extension would benefit Lowestoft and Suffolk

A new bridge could be built in the centre of Lowestoft as part of a proposal to extend a major road.

A meeting between councillors, business representatives and Waveney MP Peter Aldous was held on Monday to launch a campaign to extend the A47.

The road runs from Leicestershire to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

It is hoped by extending the A47 to Lowestoft via a trunk road, money could be provided for a third crossing over Lake Lothing.

The politicians are to discuss the scheme with Transport Minister Stephen Hammond later this month.

Mark Bee, leader of the Conservative-run Suffolk County Council, said the road extension would help ease congestion in the town.

"We want to see the A47 improved and Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth linked in a new way that will genuinely benefit the town and the county," he said.

"We will be pushing for this high up on Stephen Hammond's priority list."

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