Why are there a lack of motorways in East Anglia?

If you look at England’s motorway network, there are motorways running from south to north, but less so in East Anglia, no motorway going to Norwich. Why is this?

Ghost Of Christmas Past

The A11 is fast dual carriageway from the M11 to the Norwich ring road. The only difference is that tractors and horses are allowed on it - quite useful for East Anglia.


No requirement the A14 and A11 do the job.


There are none in Dorset either. Most of the motorways radiate from major cities. Where there are no motorways, there are usually reasonable A roads nearby.


Not needed because of good A roads.

David S

There are more than enough roads to satisfy demand in East Anglia. It is also well served by the national rail system


Why would you want a motorway to go there? Much better to build London's next airport there instead.


Because there isn't the need. The middle of England is riddled with motorways because the middle is a crossroads with people coming from all sides going in all directions. Norwich, though, is on a peninsula essentially bound on three sides by water. It's not on the way to anywhere. If you're in Norwich, it's not because you're traveling somewhere else but because that's where you wanted to end up. This is in contrast to if I find myself in Manchester, in which case I could be coming from just about anywhere north or south going to just about anywhere south or north.


MOD have priority.


Because no one wants to go there.


Its because of Nicolas Parson and the stupid line "Quiz of the week, from Norwich" angered the roads minister.


Traveller crime familes like the Henry vincent family thrive on this...they pay no road tax


Here in UK we have more miles of Roman Roads than other roads. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Friends+of+the+Roman+Road+and+Fleam+Dyke/@52.1835714,0.1434084,14.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d87a86b3be71bf:0x9ba04ee5c6d84cc6!8m2!3d52.1855969!4d0.1494027 The other point is that the Motorways were built for military purposes and will be closed to civilian traffic if (God forbid) we are ever at war again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUEHWhO_HdY