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Norwich Western Link

The development of a Norwich Western Link, to connect the Broadland Northway, formerly known as the Northern Distributor Road (NDR), from the A1067 to the A47 west of Norwich, is one of our top infrastructure priorities. Since construction began on Broadland Northway there have been sustained calls to fill in the 'missing link'.

The Norwich Western Link would provide a higher standard route between the western end of Broadland Northway and the A47 and significantly improve travel between these two major roads. Traffic congestion, rat-running and delays to journeys are all significant issues on minor roads to the west of Norwich and there is strong support from the public, the business community, emergency services, local councils and MPs for a link road to be created.

In July 2019, we confirmed a preferred route for the Norwich Western Link - a new 3.8 mile dual carriageway road. In May 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) approved our Strategic Outline Business Case, meaning the project has conditional entry into DfT's 'Large Local Majors' funding programme and awarding us more than £1 million of development funding for the project in the 2020/21 financial year.

In June 2021, we awarded the contract to design and build the Norwich Western Link to Ferrovial Construction. We received approval for our Outline Business Case from the Department for Transport in October 2023, which gives us a commitment to fund £213m towards the total cost of the project, with the potential for the government contribution to be uplifted to cover even more of the costs. The planning application for the project was submitted to the planning authority in April 2024.

Latest Norwich Western Link news

Update on the Norwich Western Link project following new guidance published by Natural England
A public consultation on Norfolk County Council's Norwich Western Link project will launch in August, with people being invited to give their views on proposals before the planning application is finalised and submitted.
Cost rises mean Norfolk County Council could spend £8 million more on the Norwich Western Link - but it remains value for money, bringing major benefits.
The Norwich Western Link's design is being refined, to minimise the impact on woodland where a roost of protected barbastelle bats has been identified
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