Worldwide backing for A11 campaign
People from across the world are now joining the mounting wave of pressure on the government to finish dualling the A11. By yesterday morning, some 4,000 people had signed Norfolk County Council's online petition.
People from across the world are now joining the mounting wave of pressure on the government to finish dualling the A11.
By yesterday morning, some 4,000 people had signed Norfolk County Council's online petition.
Together with signatures collected at the campaign launch in Thetford on Friday and at the police gala day on Sunday, the total is now well over 5,000 and still growing.
On top of that, petitions are being filled in at County Hall in Norwich and across Norfolk.
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And it is not just Norfolk or Suffolk people who suffer the road on a daily basis who are making their opinions known.
The nightmare of being stuck on the road has pushed people from addresses varying from Cadiz in Spain, Cambodia and Sweden to Dorset, Sheffield, Hampshire and Cheshire to sign their names on the online petition.
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Some of their comments reveal the incredible extent to which this single-carriageway eight-mile stretch of road affects people's lives.
Below is a selection of the thousands of those comments:
Helen Farthing, Finestrat, Alicante, Spain: “Had member of family die on A11. This road has always been dangerous and desperately needs dualling before many more people die needlessly.”
Jayne Dixon: “It's about time. My husband, a lorry driver, is always held up on the A11, which means he may not get to deliver his goods that day and then run out of driving time, which could mean the difference of being able to get home that night.”
Gayle Goodswen, Thetford: “My kids go to school in Elveden, this morning on the first day back to school...there was an accident on the A11...The police closed it down.....It took 45 minutes to get to school...On the first day...this is unacceptable...”
Kenneth Belding, Caistor St Edmund: “I deliver for a hire firm so am constantly using this stretch of road which does nothing to make the transaction viable either for me or the company in lost time and diesel.”
Heather Bradshaw, Smethwick, West Midlands: “I was born and brought up in Norfolk and still travel to Norwich on a regular basis from Birmingham.
“The frustration of drivers taking stupid risks and having accidents as they try to overtake lorries and slow moving vehicles on the single carriageway sections could be easily prevented through dualling!”
John Puddifoot, Lowestoft: “I run a company in Norwich city centre and we will continue to become more isolated if we are left further behind in the development of the road network.”
Christopher Delicate, Norwich: “It is disgusting that in the 21st century a city as Norwich has no appropriate links to the city. Both links, the A11, A47 and A140 are all single lane. I work in Cambridge so have to drive the single lane section on the A11 every day. It is time consuming, dangerous and costs businesses in Norwich millions of pounds. This needs to be dualled as soon as possible.”
Beverley Beal, Croxton, Thetford: “I drive the A11 to work each day, it is both dangerous and time consuming.
“On a Friday it can take anything up to one and a half hours to get back to Thetford if there has been an accident.
“We need a free flowing route which will not only save lives but will ensure businesses can operate more efficiently.”