Lowestoft third crossing business case submitted

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin on a previous visit to Lowestoft with Waveney MP Peter Aldous

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin on a previous visit to Lowestoft with Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law looking over Lake Lothing. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A business case for Lowestoft's long-awaited third crossing has been submitted to the government - and has recommended that a bridge should be built in a 'central' location over Lake Lothing.

The town has eagerly awaited formal plans to be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) after prime minister David Cameron promised the project would be built by 2020 during last year's general election.

Yet despite the pledge those behind the campaign said a 'business case' would still need to be submitted to show the scheme chosen is the best one and offers value for money.

A number of ideas were considered including a Dutch-style barrage and even a tunnel - but consultants Mouchel have recommended that a bridge be built, connecting Riverside Road on the south side of the town with a new roundabout on Denmark Road.

The £91.7million scheme must now be considered by government officials and, if approved, construction would begin in February 2018 for completion in 2020.

MP for Waveney, Peter Aldous said: 'The people of Lowestoft want a new crossing and this latest development indicates our determination to deliver it.'

Read tomorrow's EDP and this week's Lowestoft Journal for more details.