Aerial footage shows progression of Norwich’s Northern Distributor Road
PUBLISHED: 12:57 12 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 20 January 2017
Mike Page and Dan Gay
Aerial footage taken by two Norfolk pilots of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) in Norwich shows progress on the new road since the pair shot their last video in November.
Mike Page and his co-pilot Dan Gay are taking videos of the 12.5-mile route from the air to track the progress of the £178.5m development. The latest video was shot at the beginning of January.
Work began on the road in 2015 and it is due to open in February 2018. But contractors Balfour Beatty warned last year that their opening goal could be hampered if the weather turns and there is a prolonged cold snap.
Nearly 630 acres of farmland, 25 acres of woodland and part of the grounds to several homes and businesses, including at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, have been earmarked as needed for the controversial road’s route.
The route has been dubbed a “road to nowhere” by critics but Norfolk County Council say it will bring a huge economic boost and transport improvements.
Construction of the road is due to pass a significant milestone next week, when a bridge which will carry the route over Plumstead Road becomes the first to have its main beams lifted into place.
The work means part of Plumstead Road will be shut for three days from Tuesday.
Drivers will still be able to get to Thorpe End, but a diversion will be via Woodside Road and Salhouse Road.