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More than 1,200 have say over 'missing link' for Norwich Northern Distributor Road - have you?

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46 26 June 2018

The clock is ticking for people to have their say over whether the 'missing' link from the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47. Picture: Norfolk County Council.

The clock is ticking for people to have their say over whether the 'missing' link from the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47. Picture: Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk County Council

The clock is ticking for people to have their say over whether the ‘missing’ link from the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 to the west of the city should be built.

A long-standing criticism of the £205m road, now known as the Broadland Northway, is that it does not join the A47 to the west.

Such a link was previously ruled out because of the cost of crossing the Wensum Valley.

But Norfolk County Council has made the Western Link one of its priorities and spend £1m to come up with a business case and preferred route, with consultants mooting the possibility of a £160m viaduct over the valley or a tunnel, among other options.

The council has been asking people for their views on transport issues to the west of Norwich, through an eight week consultation.

More than 1,200 responses to the consultation have been received over the last seven weeks, with most people going online to give their views via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl.

Nearly 1,100 people have gone to a series of consultation events to speak to council staff and respond to the consultation in person.

There is one final opportunity to do that tomorrow at a consultation event at Hellesdon Parish Office in Wood View Road between 10.30am and 8pm.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “This consultation has shown, if there was any doubt, that many people have strong opinions on transport in the area to the west of Norwich.

“We’re getting lots of valuable insights from local residents and those who travel through the area, and they’ll be very useful as we come up with some options for things we could do to help tackle these problems.

The Wensum Valley Alliance and the Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England have both criticised the potential Western Link, because of its impact on the environment and countryside.

The consultation will close at midnight on Tuesday next week.

The council says it will tjem analyse the responses over the summer and let people know the results later this year and what, if anything, it proposes to do to tackle any of the transport issues identified.

County Hall would still need to secure funding and permission for potential schemes.

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