Mustard video: Northern bypass plans go on display at the Forum in Norwich

Members of the public study the latest plans for the NDR, on display at the Forum. Philip Cooper checks details with project technician, Dan North, right. Picture: Denise Bradley Members of the public study the latest plans for the NDR, on display at the Forum. Philip Cooper checks details with project technician, Dan North, right. Picture: Denise Bradley

Friday, February 8, 2013
2:10 PM

People in Norwich got the chance to see how their feedback has changed plans for the city’s northern bypass yesterday.

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Members of the public study the latest plans for the NDR, on display at the Forum. Picture: Denise BradleyMembers of the public study the latest plans for the NDR, on display at the Forum. Picture: Denise Bradley

An exhibition at the Forum, the latest in a series of 14 public viewings, outlined how the £141.5m project has been adapted to meet concerns raised during public consultation last year.

Norfolk County Council is asking for more views on the plans at the exhibitions, which began in Hellesdon and Sprowston on Monday and Tuesday, over the next month.

David Allfrey, the council’s highways and major projects manager, said that more than 120 people had attended in the first two exhibitions.

“Changes were made following feedback from the round of exhibitions in the summer.

Where to see the NDR plans

February 11: Taverham Village Hall, Sandy Lane, 3-9pm.

February 13: Rackheath Holy Trinity Church Hall, Salhouse Road, 3-9pm.

February 14: Horsford Village Hall, Holt Road, 6.30-9pm.

February 15: Dussindale Community Centre, Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew 4-7.30pm.

February 19: Old Catton Village Hall, Church Street, 7-9.30pm.

February 21: Great Plumstead Parish Hall, 3-9pm.

February 25: Easton Village Hall, Marlingford Road, 6.30-9pm.

February 27: The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane Recreation Ground, 2.30-5pm.

March 1: St Faiths Centre, Horsham St Faith, 3-9pm.

March 6: Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, 6.30-9pm.

March 8: Spixworth Methodist Church, Godfrey Road, 6.30-9pm.

“We said we would come back once we had gathered people’s views and show them how the changes have been made,” he said.

“We are trying to engage with as many people as possible.”

The major amendments include a roundabout being moved at the western end of the road, from the junction with Fir Covert Road in Taverham to where the new road will meet the A1067, and a bridge taking Middle Road over the bypass near Great Plumstead.

But Green Party county councillor Richard Bearman, at the Forum to see the plans, said the changes did not address the fundamental flaw with the road’s design – that it did not link directly with the A11 and A47.

“They are trying to get it to be a nationally significant project. Where does it link up with the national road network? It doesn’t.

“Some of the changes make sense, and mitigate the effect of severing some of the roads, but it presupposes that it’s all going to go ahead.”

Richard Sergeant, 56, of School Road, Drayton, agreed: “If you are going to make a road that distributes traffic, it needs to distribute it all the way round.

“The changes are an improvement but don’t solve the problems of when people want to go from the north-west of the city and access the main roads of the A11 and A47.” Spixworth resident Philip Cooper, 81, came to see how the road would affect the aviation museum where he volunteers.

“Hopefully we’ll be looking at relocation on the airfield, but I wanted to come to see exactly what the plans are at the moment. There’s lots of rumours going around so I wanted to see for myself.”

You can send your feedback to norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk or find out more on 0344 800 8020.

10 comments

  • That aerial visualization would be hilarious if it wasn't such a deceptive piece of spin. A free-flowing road travelling serenely through verdant open countryside? Yeh right. Where are the retail parks, housing developments between Sprowston and Spixworth, Rackheath eco-town and other urban expansion that this road is being built to encourage?

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    beeston bump

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • The road is pointless if it doesn't connect with the A47. All that will happen is that every road between the Fakenham Road and the A47 will become a rat run.

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    Carol Barnes

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Blue tractor as you are a newcomer to the area, it is nice to hear the views of those with roots sticking out of the ground... ..If that NDR is built where it is most needed—between Costessey and the Airport—just think of all the Newts and Frogs, Swans and Ducks, Geese, and lovers, that will be put out for a short time when it is routed across Ringland Hills

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Just how dense do Norfolk County Council think the people of Norfolk are?

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    John L Norton

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • beeston bump - we need houses and economic growth - what's the problem?

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    blue tractor

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • When I moved to Norwich in the 1970's it was already obvious that the northern ring road could not cope with the traffic - so this is long overdue. However, for once I agree with the Green Party, in that the new road MUST go right round to join up with the A47 at Easton.

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    blue tractor

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Stew, you raise an important issue. How silly of me to think that we should disturb a few insects and newts rather than put up with decades of traffic congestion and pollution.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • blue tractor. Your views are logical, sensible and forward thinking, not something that most of the habitual negative nimbys on here would recognise. Keep it up.

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    Abraham

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • blue tractor, who needs houses and when did building houses, ever boost the economy, without being followed by another bust? Abraham get back behind your NCC desk.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • That aerial visualization would be hilarious if it wasn't such a deceptive piece of spin. A free-flowing road travelling serenely through verdant open countryside? Yeh right. Where are the new traffic-generating retail parks, housing developments between Sprowston and Spixworth, Rackheath eco-town and other urban expansion that this road is being built to encourage? At least be honest with people...you can't pull the wool over everyone's eyes.

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    beeston bump

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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