‘Amazing response’ to Great Yarmouth third crossing social media campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:13 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 13 November 2017

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

An ongoing social media campaign to persuade the government to release funds for a third crossing for Great Yarmouth has been hailed a success.

On Friday Norfolk County Council launched its #GY3RC campaign urging people to send in comments on Twitter and Facebook about why they support the need for a bridge.

There is speculation that £121m plans could be included in this month’s budget and people are being urged to keep supporting the #GY3RC campaign to keep pressure on the government.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “We’ve had an amazing response so far, with hundreds of people liking, sharing and posting their support on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve had people who live and work in Yarmouth getting involved, local businesses backing the campaign and even support from across Norfolk, because they can see how important it is to get a third river crossing for the town and its economy.

“It goes to show how strongly people feel about this and how many lives will be improved as a result.

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“This groundswell of public support can only help our cause to convince the government to award us funding towards the third river crossing. There’s still time to get involved on social media if you haven’t already.

Every like, retweet, share and positive comment gives us more evidence to put before ministers so if you support reducing traffic congestion in Yarmouth and making it easier to get around the town, please support our campaign and help us get this bridge built as soon as possible.”

One Twitter comment said: “Gt Yarmouth is a town of great maritime and commercial heritage that just needs a boost to help it thrive and proper in the 21st C

If Yarmouth prospers we all prosper. Build the 3rd bridge! Please!”

It is hoped the bridge will be open to traffic in 2023 and a public consultation showed people were in favour of a bascule bridge instead of an alternative plan of a swing bridge.

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  • It is amazing FlintyMcChalk, its nice to see social media used to promote big projects Great Yarmouth needs. The article's all say that this is not a consultation, its a push to get gov to release funds. there was a consultation not that long ago and everyone had their official opportunity to respond. Now people who live in Great Yarmouth want to see it happen and we need the money to do it hence the social media push.

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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • Of course there is an amazing response on Twitter-how seriously anyone should take that response is another matter. To qualify as a valid response to any form of consultation, the contribution should have to come from those who have a business in or do business with or pay council tax in the borough of Great Yarmouth.

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    Monday, November 13, 2017

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