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Appeal made for underpass planned for Wymondham bridge to be brought forward

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:11 19 June 2014

Flooding in Station Road, Wymondham. Photo: Steve Maddams

Flooding in Station Road, Wymondham. Photo: Steve Maddams

Archant

An appeal has been made for the construction of a new underpass to be brought forward, to reduce congestion and improve safety at a south Norfolk railway bridge.

Wymondham town councillor Robert Savage called for the underpass next to the Station Road bridge to be built sooner than when the 750th home was completed as part of plans for 1,200 homes in southern Wymondham.

The narrow road under the bridge has become a notorious bottleneck for vehicles travelling to and from the south of the town and often floods during heavy rainfall.

Mr Savage was concerned that when work started on the new homes in the Silfield Road and Rightup Lane area, traffic control measures would be introduced, including single lane working, which would add to the bottleneck at the bridge.

At Monday’s South Norfolk Council cabinet meeting, he said he was worried the bridge project was not mentioned in the south norfolk business plan 2014/15 for strategic infrastructure projects in south Norfolk to support the planned growth in the joint core strategy (JCS).

He was also concerned about how the underpass would be funded, though council leader John Fuller said the infrastructure would be delivered through contributions from the community infrastructure levy.

“I am sure the people of Wymondham will be looking to bring it forward rather than put up with the problem,” Mr Savage said.

Plans for the underpass project have been submitted to the council.

The aim is to widen the road under the bridge by removing existing pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the road to provide more space for cars and instead create the underpass through the embankment next to the bridge which will take cyclists and pedestrians.

Previously, councillors have raised concerns about whether the improvements would enable the bridge to cope with possibly an extra 4,000 vehicles associated with the 1,200 new homes.

The JCS has been developed by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership to deliver 37,000 new homes and 27,000 new jobs by 2026.

Is the underpass an urgent priority? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk

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