Video shows how Great Yarmouth’s third crossing would work

PUBLISHED: 22:07 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 18 March 2017

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Yarmouth third crossing. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Courtesy of Norfolk County Council

This virtual drone footage shows how a potential third river crossing would look for Great Yarmouth.

The film was shown this morning at a meeting of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, which received an update on the £120m project.

The committee bound the council to underwrite part of the cost of a third crossing over the River Yare.

Members also have pledged to send a delegation to London to lobby the government once their funding bid is submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of the month.

Building work could begin in the winter of 2020 and is scheduled to take two years to complete with the total cost of the scheme being about £120m, with the council sending its business case to the government by the end of this month.

After today’s committee Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “The third river crossing is vital to Great Yarmouth’s future prosperity.

“The town has enormous potential for economic growth, with its burgeoning status as a hub for the offshore renewable energy industry as well as hosting two government-designated Enterprise Zone areas.

“Good transport links are key to attracting investment from businesses, and the resulting skilled jobs and regeneration could make a huge difference to the area and Norfolk as a whole.

“The enthusiastic support we have received for the third river crossing from local residents, the business community and partner organisations is very much appreciated and has enabled us to put together the strongest possible case to secure national funding and move this much-needed project to the next stage.”

Norfolk County Council’s proposal for a third river crossing would see a lifting bridge constructed linking the newly-renumbered A47 (formerly A12) at the Harfreys roundabout in the Southtown area of Yarmouth to the port and the Enterprise Zones on the other side of the river.

It is said the new bridge would help to reduce traffic build-up on the town’s roads, particularly on its existing Haven and Breydon bridges over the River Yare which often become congested during ‘rush hour’ times and peak tourist seasons.

Nearly 500 individuals, including local residents and business representatives, responded to Norfolk County Council’s public consultation on the proposed third river crossing and wider transport issues in the Great Yarmouth area, which was held between last November and January.

The results showed that:

71pc of respondents said traffic congestion in Great Yarmouth was either a serious or very serious issue;

79pc either strongly agreed or agreed that the third river crossing would make their journey times shorter;

80pc either strongly agreed or agreed that congestion would be greatly reduced by a new river crossing;

81pc said they would be very likely or likely to use a third river crossing.

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  • Just a nice clear map showing the route would have been useful. This crossing will only serve a useful purpose if all the other infrastructure is bought up to date at the same time. Thanks to the shortsightedness of many people and authorities, Yarmouth missed the boat years ago when two of the biggest freight companies moved out because the new harbour didn't get built when it should have been. That's the new harbour that had a couple of £7 million pound cranes that never got used and were subsequently sold off. Even with new roads, crossings and investment, it could be decades before Yarmouth could really consider itself competition for Felixstowe or Immingham. It's a good idea, but given that the debate about it could last for years, and the costs involved in doing the job properly, it would take a very long time to reap the benefits of the investment.

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • The key to success with getting the new bridge built is the cross-party consensus behind this project. That is how we got the Outer Harbour project to fruition when Tony Wright was the Town's MP. Also the business community especially within the Yarmouth Lowestoft sub-Region are full square behind this. Improvements to the A47 and other infrastructure like this new bridge will help secure the jobs for a prosperous future for local communities. Bring it on!

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    Mick Castle

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • "...bridge constructed linking the newly-renumbered A47 (formerly A12) at the Harfreys roundabout in the Southtown area of Yarmouth to the port and the Enterprise Zones on the other side of the river." Why is the EDP so reluctant to use maps? Please show on a map where it will be.

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • I'll say just one thing. I bet the bridge and the area's either side of the river don't end up looking anything like the scenery in the video.

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    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • About time! This along with the new harbour is the kind of infrastructure that ensures the long term future of GY as a port. Certainly not a road to nowhere! A road bridge linking the A47A12 to the port was what was needed, and was always planned for. The importance of these developments must be seen in the context of the increasing importance of Norwich and the need for better transport links, in particular the fact that sea borne trade is increasing and provides the most environmentally friendly form of moving goods. Get this and the prospects of a dual carriageway Acle straight will improve.

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    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Why waste money on a bridge to nowhere, the only traffic that will use that bridge will be the poor sods who get caught in the traffic jams leading up to the Gapton roundabout. Which will make the seafront an absolute joy in the summer.

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    Rob Olley

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • I would say this third crossing is long overdue and should be welcomed by all local people and visitors to open up the town and ease all the bottlenecks

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    alan symonds

    Friday, March 17, 2017

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