Those in charge of Norfolk’s roadworks could learn a lot from the Romans

'It has puzzled me why we didn't learn from the Romans who would have bridged the gap in the NDR wit

'It has puzzled me why we didn't learn from the Romans who would have bridged the gap in the NDR with a viaduct.' Picture: Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

In response to the EDP's invite for comments concerning Transport for Norwich (and other matters) may I offer the following.

The traffic grinds to a halt while the council rearranges the traffic islands. An error in the 'modelling' they said.

What model was used to determine that traffic on a dual carriageway needed to be routed to a roundabout in order to join another dual carriageway ie A11, A47/Thickthorn — another error?

It has puzzled me why we didn't learn from the Romans who would have bridged the gap in the NDR with a viaduct. And, the Romans built a road which became the Acle Straight – and this we seem to be unable to improve upon. Julius Caesar crossed the Rhine by building a bridge in 10 days. We can't build a bridge at Lowestoft in as many years.

Ineffective councillors always blame someone else saying it is not their responsibility, lack of funding etc.


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Provision for the poor and needy cannot be met by the raising of taxes (as the electorate will shortly determine); we need more income and that in turn requires investment in infrastructure.

Now, after the mayoral fiasco, Cambridge will get the funding (probably at the expense of Norfolk) who declined the deal as the various and numerous councils of rivalling ideologies foresaw an erosion in their position.

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No, we don't need another layer of local government; just some essential pruning to promote new growth.

We need a mayor to bang heads together, solve problems and have a single person for us, the suffering public, to focus on.

Ed Balls would get a 10 from me.

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