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Elveden: Prime minister David Cameron witnesses dualling work on the A11

17:46 17 January 2014

Prime Minister, David Cameron, visits the A11 dualling works at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Prime Minister, David Cameron, visits the A11 dualling works at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

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The prime minister this morning saw first hand the work being carried out to improve infrastructure in Norfolk.

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Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. With him is MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss. Picture: Denise BradleyPrime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. With him is MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss. Picture: Denise Bradley

David Cameron spent 45 minutes touring the A11 dualling site at Elveden and speaking to engineers.

Mr Cameron said: “It is hugely satisfying to see this vital piece of infrastructure being fixed. It is an important promise that we made and an important promise that has been kept.

“We are spending £1.9 billion on improving infrastructure in East Anglia.”

He toured the site with South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss who said it was fantastic to have support from the highest level.

Some of the Balfour Beatty workforce team who spoke to the Prime Minister during his visit to the a11 dualling work at Elveden. From left, Mally Masters, Lizzie Wells, John Kenny, Richard Turnbull, and Terry Carrick. Picture: Denise BradleySome of the Balfour Beatty workforce team who spoke to the Prime Minister during his visit to the a11 dualling work at Elveden. From left, Mally Masters, Lizzie Wells, John Kenny, Richard Turnbull, and Terry Carrick. Picture: Denise Bradley

She said: “This part of the country has missed out for years. East Anglia is getting more funding than any other area in the UK, except for London and the south west. It should be a priority.”

Ms Truss added that investment showed the work by the Norfolk and Suffolk MPs.

“Infrastructure is our number one priority. It’s about working together.”

Mr Cameron walked over the new bridge, which was installed in October, and met the site managers and workers.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. With him is MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss. Picture: Denise BradleyPrime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. With him is MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss. Picture: Denise Bradley

Terry Carrick, steel fixer foreman who works for Swords, Balfour Beatty’s subcontractor, said: “It’s nice for someone to turn up. It’s a big project and it’s great for us. It has been talked about for a long time. Brandon is known for being a town where you get stuck in traffic

“This project is all on time and on budget.”

Mr Carrick, who lives in Brandon, said that work locally had enabled him to spend more time with his one-year-old daughter.

“We are used to travelling an hour and a half to work so for us to work here has been fantastic. It gives us a good work/life balance. I got to see her open her birthday presents.”

Around 60pc of construction workers are from the local area.

The Highways Agency have targeted a late autumn completion for the £102 million scheme.

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15 comments

  • Electioneering !, Electioneering !, Electioneering !, no mention of the new 'toll' road ?, both the A14 and the A12 ought to be 3 lane motorways by now !

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    freedomf

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Oh no, has he gone to the lands of the South? And he did not leave us his breakfast menu? And I missed touching the hem of his glittering robe. How very upsetting.

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    alecto

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Having just seen bbc look east or should I say the Labour Party political broadcast with David Cameron why can't white just shut up for five mins and let people answer the questions he puts to them,him and mark Murphy must have gone to the same training school

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    pandy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The only reason Cameron is here is to see if they can toll this one as well or maybe he is planning coming to the broads on holiday

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    Fishmore

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Electioneering !, Electioneering !, Electioneering !, no mention of the new 'toll' road ?, both the A14 and the A12 ought to be 3 lane motorways by now !

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    freedomf

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • You have got to hand it to the "Slippery One". Visit after visit to our region. Why are we suddenly so important ? Could it be that he is carrying out the same visitations all over the land? Could it be electioneering with the aid of a very helpful press? No he would not be that cynical. He really is concerned about us and our region.

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    stormy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • DC will only attend once the food bank stocks posh nosh like foie gras, cavier, and maybe truffles.

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    Bobby Stranger

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • wheres your hard hat david and where is our money for the flood damage? . The EDP should be asking him these questions

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    milecross

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • A politician's answer if ever I've seen one. He will fudge actually giving any specifics, he just wants the votes in 2015. It's embarrassing these non-commitments have been given such front page coverage.

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    JO

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • This is so like a news report from the Korean Central News Agency about one of Kim Jung Eun's many 'field visits'....propaganda!

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    Robotix

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Does anyone know at what time he will be visiting my local foodbank? These PR stunts are becoming a laughing stock!

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    Dictate

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • a million people are predicted to be using foodbanks this year because of the wreckless behaviour of this goverment and the last one . Thats an awful lot of potential ukip voters david

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    milecross

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Electioneering !, Electioneering !, Electioneering !, no mention of the new 'toll' road ?, both the A14 and the A12 ought to be 3 lane motorways by now !

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    freedomf

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Give it a rest John....take up taxidermy or something.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • how is the money printing going david . Those machines must be worn out printing 400 million pounds a day just to keep on paying for a wreckless system set up by the last labour goverment

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    milecross

    Friday, January 17, 2014

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