More than 100 people have say on first day of consultation over Western Link for NDR

PUBLISHED: 14:04 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:04 09 May 2018

The Broadland Northway (NDR) is open.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Broadland Northway (NDR) is open. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

More than a hundred people had their say on the first day of consultation over whether people want to see the Norwich Northern Distributor Road joined to the A47 to the west of the city.

And tomorrow will see the first of nine events where people can meet Norfolk County Council officers to talk about what

they want - or do not want - to see happen.

Now that the £205m road, now named Broadland Northway, is open to traffic, transport bosses have switched attention to the so-called ‘missing link’.

A long-standing criticism of the road, which will stretch from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, is that it does not join the A47 to the west of the city.

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.

Consultants have mooted the possibility of a £160m viaduct over the valley or a tunnel, among other options and yesterday saw public consultation start.

The on-line consultation asks people to identify any options they believe could tackle transport issues, including a link to the A47 - as of last night more than a hundred people had taken part in the consultation.

Council bosses stress, at this stage, they are not asking about specific route options.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, at, will run for eight weeks.

People can also have their say at the following nine staffed consultation events, which run from 10.30am until 8pm (apart from Taverham, which ends at 7pm):

Ringland Village Hall: tomorrow (Thursday, May 10)

Hockering Village Hall: Thursday, May 17

Hall for All, Weston Longville: Tuesday, May 22

Easton Village: Thursday, May 31

Taverham Village Hall: Tuesday, June 5

The Forum, Norwich: Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14

Costessey Community Centre: Monday, June 18

Hellesdon Parish Office: Tuesday, June 26

The consultation closes at midnight on Tuesday, July 3.

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