Consultation begins on Great Yarmouth third river crossing

A new option is for a swing bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossing in Great Yarmouth

A new option is for a swing bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossing in Great Yarmouth.Photo: Norfolk County Council - Credit: Archant

Today is the first day members of public can have their say on the latest plans for a new bridge scheme.

One of the options is for a lifting, or bascule bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossi

One of the options is for a lifting, or bascule bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossing in Great Yarmouth.Photo: Norfolk County Council - Credit: Archant

Norfolk County Council are consulting on Great Yarmouth's third river crossing, and the plans will be on display at various locations in the coming weeks.

This week boards outlining the plans are being displayed at the Imperial Hotel in North Drive from 10am until 9pm

Transport committee chairman at Norfolk County Council, Martin Wilby, said Great Yarmouth needs a third river crossing to reduce congestion on its roads.

He added: 'Existing bridges over the River Yare get very clogged up during the rush hour and in peak tourist seasons.


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'We know the benefits a bridge will bring and we have widespread support for the project, so now we need to work on the details.

'We're very interested in getting people's thoughts on the two designs so that we can factor these in when making decisions.

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'This is a much-needed bridge but also a huge project using public money, so we need to be confident we're making the best possible choices.'

People will get the chance to see and comment on options for a planned new road bridge across the River Yare in Great Yarmouth in a series of local exhibitions this month.

Subject to getting government funding, Norfolk County Council hopes to start construction on the third river crossing in 2020.

The bridge will link the newly-renumbered A47 at the Harfreys roundabout in the Southtown area of Yarmouth to the port and the Enterprise Zones on the other side of the river in South Denes Road.

A decision by the Department for Transport was due in the summer but was delayed by the general election until the autumn.

The consultation will close at midnight on Friday, October 6.

To have your say and for more details go to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/3RC.

Consultation days

Display boards showing the design options will be at four locations this month.

• Week commencing (w/c) September 4, Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth.

Monday, noon-9pm; Tuesday, 10am-9pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm (staffed 2-9pm); Friday, 10am-9pm.

• W/c September 11, Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth. Monday, noon-5pm; Tuesday, 9am-5pm; Wednesday, 9am-7.30pm; Thursday, 9am-5pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4:30pm (staffed 10am-4.30pm).

• W/c September 18, Gorleston Library, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston. Monday, noon-5pm; Tuesday, 9.30am-8pm (staffed 2-8pm); Wednesday, 9:30am-5pm; Thursday, 9:30am-8pm; Friday, 9.30am-5pm; Saturday, 9.30am-4pm.

• W/c, September 25, Kings Centre, Queen Annes Road, Southtown. Tuesday, noon-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm (staffed 2-8pm); Friday, 10am-5pm.

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