Council leaders should halt all work on the controversial Norwich Western Link road and apologise for the money they have sunk into the scheme so far, say opposition councillors.

Norfolk County Council is still waiting to hear if the Department for Transport will agree to fund 85pc of the £251m cost of the road, which would connect the A1067 Fakenham Road to the A147 west of Norwich.

The council has always maintained that the road is needed to bring an economic boost and reduce rat-running.

But, at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday (January 24), opposition Green councillors will call on the Conservative-controlled council to abandon the scheme.

The Greens have tabled a motion calling for the authority to halt all work on the project and instead divert officers to exploring the concept of 'hyper local' transport links.

The Green motion also calls for a Citizen Assembly to be set up to decide on future transport policy.

Eastern Daily Press: Green county councillor Jamie OsbornGreen county councillor Jamie Osborn

Green county councillor Jamie Osborn, who has proposed the motion, said: "The county council's proposed new road would bring no tangible benefits to Norfolk residents while landing taxpayers with a multi-million-pound bill for decades to come."