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People in Norwich give verdict on need for ‘missing link’ from NDR to the A47

PUBLISHED: 15:02 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 14 June 2018

Consultation over whether people want to see a Western Link to connect the Northern Distributor Road to the A47 to the west of the city continues. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Consultation over whether people want to see a Western Link to connect the Northern Distributor Road to the A47 to the west of the city continues. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk County Council

People in Norwich have been letting council officers know their views over the traffic issues to the west of the city - and the ‘missing link’ between the Northern Distributor Road and the A47.

Almost 900 people have responded to Norfolk County Council’s consultation, launched following the opening of the £205m NDR, now known as the Broadland Northway.

That road ends at the A1067, but the Conservative-controlled council has made linking it to the A47 to the west of the city a priority.

When the NDR was at the planning stages, there were options to link it to the A47. But they were ruled out because of the cost of crossing the Wensum Valley, a site of special scientific interest.

However, the idea of the Western Link has been mooted, with consultants saying a £160m viaduct could be the solution, although the council will have to find the money and get permission.

The council last month launched an eight week consultation into the issue. People have been responding online, but also in person at a string of events.

Council representatives were at The Forum in Norwich today and will be there again tomorrow.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “We have had a tremendous reaction. People are really interested in it.

“Some people have been asking why we didn’t do it in the first place and I’ve had to explain why we couldn’t. But everyone I have spoken to has said they want us to get on and do it.

People at The Forum consider the merits of a Western Link. Pic: Archant People at The Forum consider the merits of a Western Link. Pic: Archant

“I know there are some people against it because of the environmental issue, but I am confident a solution can be found.”

The Wensum Valley Alliance and the Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England have both criticised the potential Western Link, with concerns over its impact on the environment and countryside.

People can have their say online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl until midnight on Tuesday, July 3. Officers will also be at The Forum tomorrow, at The Costessey Centre on Monday. and at Hellesdon Parish Office on Tuesday, June 26. All events run from 10.30am until 8pm.

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