Here’s what Lowestoft’s third crossing could look like

Artist's impression of what the third crossing in Lowestoft would look like.

Artist's impression of what the third crossing in Lowestoft would look like. - Credit: Archant

It was the day many people in Lowestoft thought they would never see.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Waveney MP Peter Aldous on a visit to Lowestoft last year. Mr Came

Prime Minister David Cameron with Waveney MP Peter Aldous on a visit to Lowestoft last year. Mr Cameron has now confirmed there will be funding for the third crossing. - Credit: Nick Butcher

But now the government has finally confirmed it will provide funding for the much sought-after third crossing that the town has been campaigning for over the last 80 years.

Prime minister David Cameron said at an event in Suffolk: 'Good news for Lowestoft.

'I can confirm that tomorrow we will be ann-ouncing that this £70m investment will be going ahead.

'I've seen for myself, with my own eyes during a visit before the election, just how important this is.'

There was bad news for those hoping to see a new Wet Dock Crossing in Ipswich.

He said: 'We're still hopeful of making progress but I cannot tell you any more about that today.'

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Community leaders such as Phil Aves, change manager at the Lowestoft Rising organisation working to improve the town, said it was a 'historic day for Lowestoft'.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous added: 'After many, many years, government and Whitehall have finally got the message.'

James Reeder, chairman of Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, said it was a 'fundamental project for the future of our town and its growth'.

He added: 'It is a momentous announcement. I think this is another boost that Lowestoft has received to give businesses confidence to expand and encourage businesses from outside to invest in Lowestoft.'

Businessman Peter Colby had called for a Dutch-style barrage system instead of the high-level bridge in a 'central' location over Lake Lothing, between Lowestoft town centre and Oulton Broad, which consultants Mouchel have suggested.

However, he said: 'I'm ever so happy to have a third crossing – it will join the two sides of the town together.'

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: 'This announcement gives a tremendous boost to the economy of Lowestoft.'

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said it was 'one of the most important announcements in the history of the town'.

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