People in and around Norwich have been urged to seize the opportunity to help shape the plans for the £141.5m northern bypass, after council bosses released further details about the road.

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The project, known as the Northern Distributor Road (NDR), has been on the drawing board for a decade, but, with Norfolk County Council having secured £86.5m for the scheme, the council unveiled the most detailed map of the route to date.

It reveals how the 19.5km road, which will stretch from Postwick on the A47 to the A1067 Fakenham Road, will feature nine roundabouts and at least three bridges, including ones where the A140 and Buxton Road pass over the NDR.

The council has provided the extra detail on the eve of the beginning of public consultation which will see a raodhsow taken to more than a dozen locations in and around Norwich.

Councillors say they hope to get “constructive criticism” about the proposals, which they can use to fine tune the way the road is designed.

That, they hope, will help identify any unexpected local traffic issues which might be created by the new road and allow action to be taken to prevent problems.

The county council Conservative cabinet agreed earlier this month that the road would be dualled all the way along the route, although it also emerged yesterday that the final 1.8km from Fir Covert Road to the A1067 will have to be single carriageway for safety reasons.

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “This is a chance for the public to have a look at what we have planned so far, so they can give us their views.

“Nothing is set in stone yet, so what we are hoping for is that people will be constructive and we can take their views into account.”

Council bosses acknowledge that, while the road aims to prevent congestion and rat-running, local people have the best knowledge about potential knock-on effects which could be caused by the route.

Mr Plant said: “There are various villages and communities along the route which will be affected and we want to hear their views because we might be able to change things to prevent extra problems from being created.”

He said the road is key to Norfolk’s economic future, saying it has the potential to bring in £1.3bn of investment to the county.

He said: “This is a huge investment in Norfolk and a major confidence boost for the county. The government has said the scheme is viable and that has given us good impetus.

“We know there are people who simply do not want the road and we are expecting to get criticism from them, but there are plenty of people and businesses for whom the road cannot be built quickly enough.”

The county council is quick to stress that the road is part of the Norwich Area Transport Strategy, which includes plans for rapid bus transit routes and improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.

Critics have asked why those improvements are dependent upon the NDR, although officers say only by freeing up capacity on city roads will buses be sped up and made more reliable.

A long standing critic of the road is Denise Carlo, from the Norwich and Norfolk Transport Action Group. She was dubious about the consultation and said: “The county council made up its mind a long time ago and does not want to budge.

“We have always argued that you could make the improvements to buses, cycleways and for pedestrians without the need for the road and you could instead have smaller scale road links.”

The government has agreed to provide £86.5m for the bypass but not to fund it beyond the A140. The total cost of the project is estimated at £141.5m, with the council contributing £13.3m and also hoping to recoup some of the cost through new charges on house building, known as the community infrastructure levy.

Up to £40m has also been agreed in principle to be provided by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) – made up of Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk councils.

A planning application will be submitted in the autumn, to be considered next spring, and will be followed by a public inquiry next summer.

Pending further approval, work could start on the road in spring 2015, with the road opening two years later, although work on the Postwick Hub, changes to the junction with the A47 at the east end of the road, could start as soon as this year, depending on another public inquiry.

35 comments

  • What were the meetings today?. No advance warning of when and where - just an announcement on TV that there would be meetings to day with no information whatsoever. Was it meant to be a consultation? What a joke!! This is a wasteful road to nowhere which will cost us all dear whilst solving nothing.

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    andy

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • The NDR as originally suggested for a complete west to east lik made some sense but it should now be obvious that it was never intended to be that. Merely an excuse to enable mass urbanisation to the North East of Norwich. The increased traffic from this will throttle the city centre because public transport will be given priority to the detriment of all other road users. Far from being a solution, it will casuse even greater problems and stifle the city centre. Stop it now!

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    andy

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • The County can't afford to keep existing roads in good repair, so how will the NDR differ? I know the Highways Agency will look after it as an "A "road, but their money comes from taxation too, and when there's a squeeze on they too suffer. Misery all round, and Norfolk will still be seen as a backwater by London.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • I agree with comments by @beeston bump yesterday. How is it possible for the video to show this road surrounded by agricultural land and rolling open country? We know that the real reason for its construction is to facilitate massive future development in this area, rather than as part of any real transport strategy. The public will be misled by this video. They ought to put in plenty of high-density housing estates and out-of-town retail facilities to give a truer picture of what is intended for the north-east Norwich fringes.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Obvioulsy the Postwick Hub was too difficult to film, - Im guessing the graphic designers laughed so hard when they saw the proposals they ran out of time to draw it. Once again - another white elephant pit for us to throw our money into - PS we do all realise we are paying these muppets out of our taxes!!

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    Steve Cockburn

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • I expect NCC are putting some of their propaganda in the paper in the near future and you don't want to tread on the feet of the people who help fund you. Shrewd or devious management, especially for one's own advantage, that's what I say.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • My prediction - they will build the road as far as the airport and then stop. We don't want an NDR and don't need such a road; improving existing roads would be far more efficient use of money. Yet to see any convincing case for the NDR, what a tragic waste of money and spoiling the beautiful countryside. They want our comments only because Govt makes consultation mandatory - don't let's flatter ourselves that it will make any difference to what's already been decided.

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    JanieH

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • The existing ring road has been wilfully neglected for years in terms of sustaining good traffic movement. Careless permissions for accesses for commercial developments and failure to buy up some roadside properties to widen the road means what should have been a viable route has been strangled. For heavens sake, parking is even allowed on some stretches , and there are lollipop ladies instead of underpasses and footbridges. What should have been a good urban clearway is like a road through a housing estate. The big question is whether the cost to Norfolk council tax payers is justified by the volume of traffic likely to use a new road.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • I visited the exhibition at Rackheath of the Proposed NDR and viewed the video with amazement! NO Housing. When I asked why not,i was told that the video was several years old and that they didn't know where the housing would be !! In that case I suggest the video should NOT be being used,as its conveys a totally unreal image of what it will really be like when many thousands of houses are built along it. On the plus side it does highlight how many greenfields and stretches of arable land are to be desecrated in the name of growth.

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    mjc

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Pa, as presently planned the road will be a series of roundabouts as it crosses each of the existing roads. It will therefore be harmful to the environment for both polution and noise created by constantly accelerating and braking vehicles. No doubt made worse by cars trying to out accelerate each other as well as lorries. If you want to see how this works in practice, go to Milton Keynes. What a legacy this will be for the future!

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    andy

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • This is poor, how much disd this simulation without showing Norwichs housing cost? Flyovers and bridges cost money, this is the cheap version of NDR, the one that stops at the airport and which encourages hauliers to rat run through Norwich, still, because with rising energy costs, an extra 20 miles on the way from Fakenham to Kings Lynn, round the full length of NDR and A47 will not do it. Drayton will become rat run central if the access to Ringland and the A 47 from Hellesdon and Drayton are not shut off.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Let us be united in our desire to have a new modern road to the North and East of Norwich, a well surfaced trafficlight free driving experience....However it should be recognised that the proposed NDR as it is being presented to us is unlikely to solve any traffic problems in both the near and distant future. If traffic problems were the real reason for its construction, then in my opinion the most urgently needed section is between the Airport and DEREHAM Road... Now this would have a real impact on traffic volume, especially along Sweetbrair Road..... But the land that this would cross would be unsuitable for building upon, and of course this is what the NDR smokescreen is all about...If we want to be serious about this “traffic solving” then the NDR should be commenced at Dereham Road and proceed Northwards and Eastwards, until it joined with the A47 at Postwick....In answer to a question I was asked by Bruce87....I regularly drive from Homebase on Mousehold Lane into the City(10mins driving time), and return , (another 10mins)...Travelling around the North Ring Road from Heartsease to St Faiths Lane,and return is trouble free. The real congestion begins here, with Lorries,vans, and cars emerging from the right – Vulcan Road-Aylsham Road- Drayton Road, and turning right onto the Ring Road to join up with the only escape route of Dereham Road and it's wonderful roundabout. The return from the cemetery to Aylsham Road repeats itself in reverse. The only transport not seen is buses, but why would anyone want to travel by bus around here?

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Norfolk County Council has spent millions on this road without it being the answer and to help pay for this concrete monstrosity that many are not sure is wanted they economise elsewhere. Carers by the voluntary effort they make save the country the equivalent of the Healthcare budget so NCC decides it cannot afford to give Carers Groups £300 per year and cuts it to £150, big deal!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Surely we can satisfy the councillor's ego without such a waste of taxpayers money and an enormous cost to the environment. This road will cost a lot and cause more problems than it was ever meant to solve. It will cause chaos along it's length and lead to ever more traffic restrictions on motorists. Stop it now!

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    andy

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • This can't be the NDR surely? This road appears to be flowing freely through attractive open countryside. Where is the the Rackheath eco-town, the thousands of planned houses between Catton and Spixworth, the suburban retail and business parks, and all the other unsustainable development that the GNDP have openly said this road is designed to encourage, followed inevitably by the extra traffic all that development will create? Nice piece of propaganda.

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    beeston bump

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • It seems the people of Norwich are starting to wake up and realise that the NDR will not solve any traffic congestion whatsoever! In fact the thousands of houses that will be built along the route will simply add to the problem. For years now SNUB have been campaigning against this road and pointing out that it is roundabout after roundabout after roundabout and merely a development road. The comments on this post make good reading. NCC producing this video has worked wonders for the campaign AGAINST the road! Shame they left so much green in the video and failed to include the joke that is the Postwick Hub.

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    Canary Gal

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Obviously the only solution is some heavy duty improvement of the A140 ring road between the Fakenham Road and the Newmarket Road. I can't see where a new bypass could go to the west without destroying a rather nice bit of countryside. Upgrading the road from the A1067 to the A47 at Wood Lane and by passing Weston might be an alternative, if there really is enough heavy traffic to justify it. And those who live in the suburbs of Norwich really should expect a bit of urban driving to access a dual carriageway- and it is only a short distance.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • mjc - the answers that you had to your questions at the Rackheath exhibition surely confirm that they know they shouldn't be using this video ...

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Without linking with the Southern by pass this is the road to logjam. The brains cannot understand that this additional traffic will rat run through Taverham and Costessey to get onto the A47, doesn't take a genius to see it! The reac track will deposit all this metal on the A1067 with nowhere to go, it is a waste of money but without joining up it will be an even bigger waste of time and money

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Parsnips, you are having a laugh! It's quicker to use the existing ring road? It's quicker to take a more direct route through the city! Come on really, when did you last drive the ring road round the North of the city, or better still drive through the city. It's terrible and getting worse, our city is slowly dying because of inadequate roads. Get the NDR built as soon as possible. Please!

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Just who is this road being built for? ..Surely not Dave from Lowestoft... My advice to him would be to move nearer to his place of work...This wonderful new road will be about 12 miles long, and from the word go a 50mph speed limit will be in place. ..Allowing for the 9 roundabouts where 30mph will to be enforced and for the braking, stopping, starting, and accelerating on to the next one, the average speed is unlikely to exceed 40mph for all and not just the over 50s, and it will take about 20mins to travel its length. Add to that the 5mins along the A47 from the Lowestoft Junction and it will still be quicker to use the existing ring road, or take the more direct route through the City...You see Dave, this new road is not designed to help people from the South. Its main function is to allow reasonable access to the urban sprawl and desecration of our countryside that others are trying to prevent.

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • NCC sponsired rat runs through Drayton, Hellesdon and Ringland is the result of this poor show, bring on the eco toll booth for Ringlands.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Just viewed this insanity of an 'almost' by-pass, a 'sort of' by-pass a 'nearly but not quite 'by-pass. This is a pythonesque offering that would be funny if it wasn't so serious. Don't let yourself be fooled into thinking that this will alleviate the traffic jams north of the city or anywhere else come to think of it. When it is impossible to see any common sense in a proposal from the council always look to see who is going to make all the money. Step forward the millionaire developers.

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    Peter Hammond

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • Close the Inner Link Road in its entirety, a Road to Nowhere bringing traffic into the centre of Norwich for no purpose,this would be a fair "Trade off" for the NDR to be built !

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    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • It would also be useful to see where likely new housing and industrial developments might be. If it's not all cast in stone , or concrete, let NCC be more transparent.They do work with all the Planning authorities and should know.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Trevor, more out of town shopping would be great for many of us, as Norwich City Centre is so hard to access. Wouldn't it be good to go to Jarrolds or John Lewis, instead of buying on line all the time. The biggest problem I see with this road design is all the old fashioned roundabouts instead of proper flyover junctions. And of course it must go round to the A47 West.

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    john smith

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • My prediction - they will build the road as far as the airport and then stop. We don't want an NDR and don't need such a road; improving existing roads would be far more efficient use of money. Yet to see any convincing case for the NDR, what a tragic waste of money and spoiling the beautiful countryside. They want our comments only because Govt makes consultation mandatory - don't let's flatter ourselves that it will make any difference to what's already been decided.

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    JanieH

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • The CGI is obviously based on the environmental assessment of the initial report into the road which more or less said with their big white wash brush- Norfolk countryside, nothing to see here, no hills, no dramatic scenery, no rare creatures, nothing anyone could possible value or care about, away you go concrete over it.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Typical people complained at the original plan to go all the way round Norwich and through the Wensum valley. People listened and decided not to go through this beautiful part of Norfolk. Now, probably the same people are complaining that the road does not go all the way round Norwich! Just get on and build it, i am fed up with sitting in Norwich every day when all i want to do is go from Lowestoft to the airport. They could also use the video medium to get across to the over 50's that the national speed limit is 60mph and that Norfolk does not have its own one of 46mph

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    DaveG

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • The proposed race track around Norwich is fantastic for suppliers of concrete, ashphalt and such like products but still there is nobody answering the question of where will the traffic go once it reaches the A1067 Fakenham Road. Common sense and logic which sadly seems to be missing from the planners tells even the dim witted that it will cut across through Taverham and Costessey to reach the Southern by pass, it is not going to go down to the ring road, it is just a race track to a traffic jam in another area. Plain common sense that if it does not join the Southern by pass it is pointless building it!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • I'm not surprised we have ended up with such lunacy as the NDR. This government along with the previous one hasn't formulated a coherent transport policy which makes any sense. Committing vast sums of money to build new roads simply avoids the issue of how best to move people and freight in the future. With the reduction in subsidies to bus companies already taken and continuing to take place routes in Norfolk have already been pruned to the detriment of those in rural areas. The NDR therefore will only benefit the rich and better off members of society as private motoring becomes more expensive and people limit how they use their cars. The NDR is symbol of what happens when you have too many people in league with vested interests and not about how to improve transport for the population of Norwich.

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    Douglas McCoy

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • I have watched the video at the top and realise this is a confidence trick by the road lobby to persuade those of us who want a sensible transport policy into thinking it will be a free-flowing road through lovely countryside. WRONG! The area shown, especially near the Airport, is already built up and has loads of traffic waiting to come into Norwich via our narrow, congested streets. Traffic going along a major road at 70mph will only make things worse in Norwich and will be detrimental to the future of our Norwich and Broadland economy.

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    Lynda Edwards

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Andy, I have seen and travelled on the MK Distributor Road... A typical blueprint for the NDR. ...This comment will probably not be read , as the whole story is on it's way to the Ether......But Today 23rd April at around midday I travelled along the Ring Road from the Heartsease roundabout to PC World - 3.8miles- journey time 13mins. It has 10 sets of traffic lights., and 2 roundabouts. Average speed was therefore 17.5mph..The return trip took took 11mins thats 20mph. This is the section of congested road that the NDR is being built to rel1eve. If it wasn't so serious it would be a joke.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, April 23, 2012

  • At what stretch of the road is the waste incinerator planned. New road nice waste incinerator to go with it.

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    Jack

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Will people be able to afford the petrol to cruise the distances around this NDR from one part of Norwich to another or would consumption be less than using an urban route?

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 20, 2012

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