LETTER - ‘Is the A140 debacle ever going to end?’

Reader Letters from the Diss Express, dissexpress.co.uk, @diss_express on Twitter
Reader Letters from the Diss Express, dissexpress.co.uk, @diss_express on Twitter

Once upon a time the A140 was going to be dualled from Scole to Norwich c.1990.

Properties in the early 1990s on the route south of Long Stratton were bought to enable the road to be dualled by the Highways Agency (Central Government). Alas nothing happened and Cinderella ( the Highways Agency) gave the A140 to the fairy godmother Norfolk County Council (NCC) who took over the management of the road and properties were sold back onto the open market and that was the end to the A140 road improvements.

Although before that the Lord John MacGregor Highway was built from Scole to Dickleburgh and subsequently the councillor Bev Spratt roundabout took away the notorious Pulham-Tivetshall crossroads.

South Norfolk Council (SNC) has now appeared on the scene. Remember 1990 and all that? They see the way forward to questionably improve the A140 at Long Stratton is with a single carriageway road bypass, but nearly doubling the size of the population of the village to clinch the deal. Is this fairytale of the A140 debacle south of Norwich ever going to end?

If UKIP’s figures are correct, the vast amount of monies we give to the EU and get only half returned could have been used and completed this project and the road would have been dualled including bypassing Long Stratton without extraordinarily large housing infill.

Paul Playford

Bonds Road

Tivetshall St Mary