Price tag to replace radar at Norwich International Airport - to stop the Northern Distributor Road from interfering with it - soars by £500,000.

Norwich International Airport. Photo: Mike Page. Norwich International Airport. Photo: Mike Page.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 AM

Replacing the radar system at Norwich International Airport - which bosses say is needed to stop cars on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road from interfering with air traffic control - is to cost taxpayers some half a million pounds more than originally thought.

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It emerged last summer that the airport and Norfolk County Council were in negotiations over the effect the 19.5km road, which will stretch from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, will have on the radar system.

Airport bosses said the traffic on the £148.5m road would show up on the airport’s radar system, interfering with the safe arrival and departure of planes from it.

County Hall officers said, unless a solution to that problem could be found, the airport would have to object to the road, despite having long supported the economic benefits the NDR has been touted as bringing.

The solution the council came up with was to contribute £1.3m over eight years towards a replacement system. The council would actually provide the financing for the total cost of the radar replacement with the paying back the total cost over the next two decades.

But, at a meeting of the controlling Labour/Liberal Democrat cabinet yesterday, it emerged the cost had increased.

A report which came before the cabinet stated: “As a result of recent changes in the radar market, costs for the radar hardware systems have increased notably and the lowest cost solution from the preferred bidder is in excess of that originally set out when the decision to provide a funding package was previously made by cabinet.”

The report explained that the price tag hike means the council will need to pay an extra £576,000 - taking its total to just under £1.9m. The airport will bear the rest of the costs.

However, council officers said the extra cost had been “off-set by savings elsewhere on the project” and the overall cost remained at £148.5m.

This summer will see a six-month examination of the proposal for the road by a planning inspector or a panel of planning inspectors, with a decision on whether the road can go ahead due next year.

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29 comments

  • I thought this article was about the Radar system and not about the pros and the cons of the NDR. The airport should start using the £10 airport development fee to pay for this, or perhaps they should ask each helicopter passenger to pay the fee to help with cost. What travels on the cromer Road now??? Cars. So why the problem with the NDR?????

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    Matilda

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • The NDR is a complete waste of time unless it goes all the way to Longwater. It won't alleviate any congestion at all as they want to build many tens of thousands of new houses around it. Norwich city centre will be gridlocked.

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    I LoveNorfolk

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Totally agree with Patrick! This road will be a total waste of money if it can't complete it's circuit to Longwater!

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    Trimble

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • So, the consensus is for scrapping the NDR, scrapping the Norwich flight tax and making the airport a more attractive place for airlines and passengers. I agree. Why don't local politicians listen and act.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Here we go again :- Spend on the incinerator Spend on RAF Coltishall Spend on NDR Spend on Airport Radar All at an OVERSPEND and at a LOSS if I ran my business like this I would not have one. Will they never learn !

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    Skyhookcoffee

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • We can large forget about the incinerator now and it's this damned road that is going hit us even harder, than the incinerator ever could.

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Why not spend some of the ADF , AKA the GOON Tax , Get Out Of Norwich , Havn't noticed much improvement for the vast amount of money collected .

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    Richard

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Haven't the RAF got a spare one ,now that Coltishall has closed?...............

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    mjc

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The point surely is not about whether we need the NDR but whether Norwich Airport should be allowed to get away with off-loading the cost of upgrading their radar onto the County Council using this feeble excuse.

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    Old Hand

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • It's seems to me only a few misguided people want this road, whilst the majority realise it's pure folly and will make the radial roads into Norwich far worse, given time, but will NCC listen? I doubt it, as they carry on as if the general public don't exist. Just who are they serving?

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Who got the original price wrong by so much and why do they still have a job? Cabinet Scrutiny should be calling this in, but as history has shown, scrutiny is another NCC failure.

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The Inner Link Road has solved congestion !!....NOT....and any other road "improvements" will land up in the the same place ...More Roads ,More Motor Vechicles

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • It seems under every unturned stone at County Hall is a very big bill for the taxpayer.What other ticking time-bombs might Norfolk's Tories have left behind?

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • How about moving the airport to Coltishall

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    Mawkin

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Extra thought: how many journeys from Postwick area and to the east of Postwick have Fakenham and outposts north as their destination? Use the money for the Incinerator.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • If the NDR is to link Postwick to the A1067 what is the point? Wouldn't it be better to build a link from the A1067 to the Southern Bypass? What is the point of the NDR .. just to use up money that could do good somehow else?

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I really don't understand how this road is supposed to solve congestion in Norwich. The traffic seems to be people trying to get in and out of Norwich, not go around it. How does a ring road help people from trying to get between points inside that ring? How many people are trying to get from North Norfolk to or from the A47? It must seems to be a road for the sake of a road. What I'd like to see is a proper journey analysis of where people are travelling to and from to see whether a ring road would make any difference to their trips. Otherwise it's just a means to get much more housing developments going.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • NROO,The new road wont stop the congestion on Fifers Lane.

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    gerry mitson

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Have you lot not got anything better to do that whinge and moan about every little thing? Down with the Council, Down with the Government, Down with Common Sense! I also love how Max Headroom knows everyone in Norfolk and thinks no-one will use the new road, quite funny you would call someone else an idiot!

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Please just get on a build this much needed road. Yes, it would be much better if both ends connected to A47, and I am sure it will do in due course but, in the meantime most ‘normal’ people welcome the congestion relief and speedier journey times the NDR will bring. As far as the airport radar is concerned, let them use their departure tax to pay for any new equipment they think they may need.

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • So some still think that providing a new road will stop congestion, what fancy. How long does it take for a new shelf to be filled with stuff? how long does an empty cupboard stay empty? Read the SATRA reports. Now to the new radar Norwich airport is trying to get on the cheap, financed by Norfolk taxpayer. How much will the airport pay towards us replacing their perfectly well functioning pulse aquisition radar? How much are those private users of the airport paying towards this refurbishment?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • No point in changing the radar: nobody's going to use the new road until they get round to linking the western end with the A47. Idiots.

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    Max Headroom

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I'd love to hear an alternative plan from all those against the NDR. I'd bet that none of you have to endure the misery of trying to negotiate the ring roadFifers Lane at rush hour. On a commute to North Norfolk it takes me just as long to travel from the train station to the airport as it does to travel the rest of the way to Cromer. The Boundary is a mess.

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    NROO

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • This is complete twaddle. The airport does not need new radar because some vehicles are travelling at a height of no more than six feet from the ground. But if it is a good reason in the eyes of the loopy ones not to build the Road to Nowhere then go ahead

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    alecto

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Absolutely, Norfolkman.

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Abandon the "Road to Nowhere" and save everyone money. Or is this another well planned " Incinerator Project" where the Council sorry the Public will pay whatever happens?

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    Norfolkman

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • How about using all the extra money the airport get from the passenger tax AKA Airport Development Fee?????

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    Lord Elf

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I don't wish to pay for it.

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Scrap the NDR now;does anyone believe the cost projected will be accurate? Pigs are flying above the Airport.

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    bedoomed

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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