Final push for responses as third river crossing consultation draws to a close
PUBLISHED: 11:18 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 27 September 2018
Norfolk County Council
A consultation over the planned £121m third river crossing for Great Yarmouth has seen 180 responses.
With just over a week to go people are being urged to have their say online or by inspecting the papers at various locations across the borough including the town hall and Gorleston and Yarmouth libraries.
Construction of the new lifting bridge over the River Yare is due to begin in late 2020 and would see a bridge built linking the A47 at Harfrey’s Roundabout to South Denes Road on the eastern side of the river.
Norfolk County Council launched a public consultation on Monday August 20 asking people for their opinions on the latest designs for the bridge and its approaches, proposals for how the bridge will operate, and its likely effects on traffic in the town.
So far, around 180 people have taken part, with most going online to give their views and some responding in person at four events.
With the consultation set to close at midnight on Friday, October 5, time is running out for people to have their say.
Martin Wilby, chairman of the environment, development and transport committee, said: “A lot of hard work and careful consideration has gone into our proposals for the third river crossing but we want to know what the people who live and work in the town, or who visit regularly, make of our plans.
“This is an important project for Yarmouth, and for the whole of Norfolk, which we expect to reduce traffic congestion, shorten journey times and help to create jobs.
“This is likely to be the last consultation we hold about the third river crossing, so don’t lose your chance to give us your thoughts.”
Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “The third river crossing is a major investment in the borough’s future and, together with other transport improvements that are underway or planned, stands to make a big difference to day-to-day life in Yarmouth. I would encourage anyone who cares about Great Yarmouth to have a look at the proposals for the new bridge and take part in the consultation.”
The new bridge is set to open to traffic in 2023 and is expected to carry 19,400 vehicles rising to 21,700 in 2038.
The council will analyse the responses and consider making any changes to their proposals as a result.