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Read Great Yarmouth MP’s letter calling for third crossing for town

PUBLISHED: 17:56 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:56 28 July 2017

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Calls for a £120m third river crossing for Great Yarmouth have been supported by the town’s MP Brandon Lewis.

Mr Lewis MP has written to the secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling MP, to make the case for a new bridge.

He outlined how the initial investment would be greatly beneficial for Yarmouth and the surrounding area by supporting the delivery of new jobs, reducing congestion and triggering inward investment.

Mr Lewis said: “I have always supported a plan for a third river crossing and am hopeful the scheme will be approved by the secretary of state.

“The benefits of the crossing are clear, with the creation of up to 5,000 jobs and attracting inward investment, while also reducing congestion, something that is appreciated by all of us who use the local roads.”

The county council has asked the government to provide funding.

Here is the letter from Mr Lewis:

Dear Chris,

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Third River Crossing in my constituency of Great Yarmouth.

A challenge session between Norfolk County Council officers and Department of Transport officials took place on 24thMay, and it is my understanding that the Department of Transport team have now formulated a recommendation that the proposal is approved. I hope that you take this into consideration as the new crossing will provide the much needed connections between the strategic road network and the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft

Enterprise Zone. To provide some background, the total project cost is around £145 million, and I strongly believe that this investment would be greatly beneficial for the area. It is estimated that it will

help deliver 5,000 jobs, significantly reduce congestion, and trigger inward investment. Great Yarmouth has seen significant investment in recent years, particularly in renewable energy, and the Third River Crossing would encourage firms to continue investing in the area, creating high-skilled jobs for my constituents and benefiting the whole of East Anglia.

I hope that you will view the application put forward by Norfolk County Council favourably and hope that a decision will be announced in the near future. I would be happy to discuss

the proposal further if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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4 comments

  • No one on the council ever seems concerned about the daily south bound jams on Lawn Avenue nor the seasonal tail backs to access the A47 from the north, which are much longer.

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    FlintinChalk

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • If we examine where the jams are in Yarmouth we have the road formerly known as the A12 -but usually only on the short stretch between Harfreys and Gapton roundabouts. Get in those queues and only a small percentage goes on to Haven Bridge and the town-the rest goes to Breydon Bridge A47-Asda-and the retail parks. Southtown Road is congested with local traffic avoiding the above road but only because of the inefficient junction with Pasteur Road which could be solved with a bit of money and a bulldozer. It is significant that there are few hold ups once Haven Bridge is reached. The road from Bradwell to Gapton is heavily congested because of the failure of Gapton Roundabout and the Macdonalds drive through which is a significant impediment to traffic accessing the retail park and interferes with the road-if it was moved the situation would be improved. Traffic on the Acle Straight is held up by the awful roundabout at Breydon compounded by the traffic leaving Asda to return to the town and by the volume of holiday traffic heading to the North via Fullers Hill roundabout. Lewis and the council are either ignorant or deliberately dismiss the impact of north bound traffic on the A47 Acle Straight- a much cheaper Bure Bridge could have removed that and town bound traffic from the A47 much sooner-sea front bound traffic could then enter the town via the very adequate Jellicoe Road .Most of my circle feel the pressure for a new bridge has come from the usual Gorleston-Bradwell-Belton centric position that GYBC has taken for several decades to the detriment of the rest of the borough. Yes it will aid access from Beacon Park to the port, the limited amount of goods vehicles which come from the A12( which seem few in comparison with the A47 -A47-A17 supply chain) and for the unspecified number of people living in Gorleston and district who will work on South Denes, Maybe the EDP should bring us the traffic figures from actual counts and employer surveys. Cant be hard, not many of them in town to ask where their employees travel from.

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    FlintinChalk

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • I am always amazed at the number of "jobs", it is claimed a new road or development of houses will create. On average, surprising, the majority of employers in the UK only employ around 10 employees. So to create the plucked out of the sky number of 5000, it would mean that some 500 new businesses would need to be created. I suppose this will go with the white elephant, sorry the Outer Harbour which was said was going to create around 10,000 jobs . . . Instead it has what created a handful, caused increased coastal erosion and blocked off through roads for nothing really. A third river crossing would do little to improve traffic in Great Yarmouth. Most heavy transport is just delivering now as there is no ferry service and the oilgas industry is in terminal decline. Want to improve transport? Rethink the whole end of the A12now A47over the river through poorly designed road junctions - in both directions. Perhaps create a proper inner harbour huge marina on Breydon if you want to attempt to create jobs, BUT a third river crossing is better than the road to no where for wasting money.

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    manbythesea

    Friday, July 28, 2017

  • Whilst none of us would look a gift horse in the mouth, am I the only one who cant see how this river crossing is going to do much other than deliver people to the wrong place and cause more traffic in residential and tourist areas? It is not going to solve the problems getting from Gorleston to Breydon bridge and the A47 and the tourist areas in northern villages, it is not going to solve the problem of the traffic around the retail parks nor of commercial traffic from the A11 via the A47 getting to the port. All it will do is get what traffic there is originating from the southern end of the former A12 to South Denes and it feels questionable how much volume there is, commercial or locals going to work. Which car parks does Lewis then expect that local work or shopping ( !) traffic to want to use and which roads will it use to get there?

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    FlintinChalk

    Friday, July 28, 2017

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