A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvement

Closed 21 Apr 2017

Opened 13 Mar 2017

Results updated 3 May 2018

The option taken to consultation has been selected as the preferred route with some modifications. This will allow us to develop our designs to take into account the concerns raised by the public around the Cantley Lane link.

By re-routing strategic traffic away from the existing junction, the scheme solves the main transportation problem of congestion during peak periods and will allow local traffic to flow more freely.

The scheme will look to improve facilities for pedestrians, and cyclists, by upgrading pedestrian crossings and footpaths.

Further work is needed to refine our plans for the Cantley Lane Link and we will address the concerns raised at the consultation. We will be engaging with your parish council and will put forward options for local residents to consider in advance of any statutory consultation in the next few months.

You can find more detailed information on the Preferred Route Announcement in the leaflet below.

We have also published the consultation report linked below.



The A47 trunk roads form part of the strategic road network and provides for a variety of local, medium and long distance trips between the A1 and the east coast.  The corridor connects the cities of Norwich and Peterborough, the towns of Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Dereham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and a succession of villages in what is largely a rural area.

In 2014 the government published the Road Investment Strategy. This includes a package of 6 schemes to improve journeys on the 115 mile section of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. Together, the proposals will relieve congestion and improve the reliability of journey times for drivers.

The proposals include converting almost 8 miles of single carriageway to dual carriageway and making improvements to junctions across the route. The 6 schemes are:

  • A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling
  • A47 Guyhirn junction improvement
  • A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling
  • A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling
  • A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvement
  • A47 Great Yarmouth junction improvements

The scheme

We are consulting on our proposal to improve the A47/A11 Thickthorn junction. Our proposal will create a better junction that will relieve congestion and improve safety.

This consultation provides you with an opportunity to view, discuss and help shape our proposals.  This will help us understand what is important to our customers and local communities and will help inform the selection of a preferred option.

Venue Date Time
Norwich City Library (pick up point) Monday 13 March to Friday 21 April  
Willow Centre, Cringleford Saturday 25 March 10am to 2pm
Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Monday 27 March 3pm to 8pm
Willow Centre, Cringleford Tuesday 28 March 3pm to 8pm

To see the details of our proposals, we recommend you read our consultation brochure before completing the questionnaire.


  • All members of the public


  • Roads