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Third River Crossing plans in Great Yarmouth to be discussed

PUBLISHED: 16:04 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:54 17 March 2017

An artist's impression of Great Yarmouth's third river crossing

An artist's impression of Great Yarmouth's third river crossing

Norfolk County Council

The case for building a new bridge in Great Yarmouth to relieve traffic is almost ready to be presented to government.

Proposed location of Yarmouth's third river crossing Proposed location of Yarmouth's third river crossing

After years in the planning, a decision on whether a third river crossing should receive further funding will be made by the Department for Transport (DfT) in the summer, once the business case has been submitted by Norfolk County Council.

Building work could begin in the winter of 2020 and is scheduled to take two years to build with the total cost of the scheme estimated to be £120m.

MORE: Funding boost of £1m for third river crossing in Great Yarmouth

The county council’s Economic Development and Transport Committee will be updated on Friday with a report which states that good infrastructure is one of the county’s priorities.

It continues: “A new river crossing at Great Yarmouth will help us meet this priority. It offers a direct route into the town from the south, provides the link between the trunk road network and the expanding port and the South Denes Enterprise Zone sites, and overcomes the problem of limited road access to the peninsula of Great Yarmouth.

“The Third River Crossing is vital to the economic prosperity of Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth is part of a larger economic sub-region with a strong economic heritage including manufacturing, food and drink processing, tourism and leisure industries.”

The county council adopted a preferred scheme for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing in 2009, comprising a lifting bridge over the River Yare to connect the A47 at the Harfreys Roundabout, to the port and South Denes.

MORE: Public’s views sought on Great Yarmouth third river crossing

In its Budget last year, the government announced a funding stream for the development of major local transport schemes.

Subsequently a successful bid for just over £1m was used to fund the development of a business case and to draw up engineering plans.

This opened the way to securing further government funding for the later stages of work to obtain planning permission and carry out more detailed design, and then for construction.

A local contribution of 20pc is recommended, in line with the scheme in Lowestoft for a third crossing over Lake Lothing, which has already been approved by the DfT.

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3 comments

  • When they decided to build Breydon bridge I suggested a flyover would make more sense at the planning meeting. No one was at all interested, claimed it was unnecessary, I was being dramatic . But now we still have huge hold ups at all those bottlenecks, During the summer the routes between Caister, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are a joke. A flyover with link roads going off to the town industrial estates and Caister would have been futureproof and safer. But all that would have been pointless if you then had to sit in huge queues on the Acle straight. Even now if they dualled the Acle straight people would be getting to the bottlenecks that are the roundabouts at vauxhall and Gapton even quicker so causing even larger queues. They have no forward thinking at all...

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    GSXR

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • It ok for Yarmouth to get rid of it's traffic to send it to Southtown and Gorleston but if you don't sort both roundabouts at Gapton hall and Harfreys, which are both a bottle neck's getting in and out of Yarmouth, what happens to the traffic when the bridge's goes up to let boats through it will jam both bridges up and will make the traffic come to a stand still, it's a nightmare and i know we need this new bridge, but i can see problems ahead if again you do not sort out the Acle straight and again it just takes an accident to bring Yarmouth to a stand still.

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    Sharon Oshea

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • If this is built, then coming from Gorleston direction people can cross over to GY and use the seafront to get to Caister and back. Thus avoiding lawn avenue and either Breydon or Haven bridges ...

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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