A new company to work on the multi-million-pound revamp of a major junction on the A47 and A11 will be in place within months, highways bosses have said.

Work on the Thickthorn roundabout, on the edge of Norwich, is due to start next spring. But, at the moment, there is no contractor in place to do it.

That is because, in the summer, it was confirmed Galliford Try, which had been due to carry out the work, would not be continuing with the scheme.

It left National Highways, the government company responsible for the A47 and A11, looking for a new contractor.

Highways bosses said talks were taking place with a "major contractor" to take over the construction.

Eastern Daily Press: The Thickthorn roundabout near NorwichThe Thickthorn roundabout near Norwich (Image: Sonya Duncan)

A spokesman for National Highways said: "Ongoing and productive discussions are continuing to take place with a major contractor - who is already one of our regional delivery partners (RDP) - in terms of taking over the construction element of our plans to improve Thickthorn junction.

"We expect to make a formal announcement on the new contractor in the coming months.

"A benefit of our RDP programme is that a full and potentially lengthy retendering process no longer has to take place, as RDPs have the option to step in should a contract come to an end with an original contractor, as was the case with Galliford Try and Thickthorn.

Eastern Daily Press: The Thickthorn roundaboutThe Thickthorn roundabout (Image: Highways England)

"While the contractor will be new, plans to redevelop the junction remain the same with major work expected to start - as planned - next spring."

Galliford Try still holds contracts to dual the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham and from Easton to North Tuddenham.

The companies which are RDP partners in the East are Costain and Skanska.

Eastern Daily Press: The plans for the Thickthorn junctionThe plans for the Thickthorn junction (Image: Highways England)

The Thickthorn work, costing up to £100m, includes a new slip road off the A11 northbound, which will take motorists beneath both roads before re-joining traffic on the A47 heading towards Great Yarmouth - eliminating the need to use the Thickthorn roundabout.

The changes would also see a segregated left-hand turn added for those travelling eastbound on the A47, a new footbridge and a fourth lane on the southern part of the junction.