Celebration this Thursday marks completion of £600,000 Felbrigg roundabout
12 June 2017
A celebration is taking place this Thursday, 15 June to mark the recent completion of the new Felbrigg roundabout on the A148 near Cromer, and members of the media are welcome to attend.
Money from 12 organisations and businesses made the build possible, and many of the people most closely involved with the project will be at the new roundabout for a photo and interview opportunity on Thursday 15 June, 10-11am at the junction of the A148 Holt Road and the B1436 Cromer Road.
Pledges of money were secured from Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), North Norfolk District Council, Cromer Town Council, local parish councils of Roughton, Runton and Felbrigg, and developers and local businesses.
Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Transport and Development Committee said; “We estimate that half a million vehicles have already used the new £619,000 roundabout since it opened five weeks ago*.
“It was great to see how the local community came together deliver a local priority. I’d particularly like to thank the enormous contribution made by my former fellow county councillor Hilary Cox who worked so hard to bring partners together and achieve the successful pooling of funds.
“And I’m sure many users of the road will have already appreciated the great job our contractor Danaher & Walsh did by finishing the roundabout two weeks ahead of schedule. The very final step is in the autumn when we’ll be planting 13 new trees to complete the scheme.”
Emily Manser, Growth Deal Manager at New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved through collaboration. The need for, and benefit of building this roundabout was clear from the first submission made to the LEP Board, and that benefit is already being felt just weeks after the project’s completion. An improved road network in North Norfolk is good news for local people, visitors and businesses, and for the economy of the East as a whole.”
Tim Adams, Norfolk County Councillor for the Cromer division, said: "I applaud the work of all of those involved in securing the finance that made this roundabout a reality. My particular thanks must go to those companies and organisations who have made this possible with their financial contributions, such as Westerleigh (Cromer Crematorium), who donated £21.5k towards the roundabout alongside other local businesses."
Cllr Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council Ward Member for Felbrigg and Chairman of the Steps to Safety Campaign said: “We are delighted as the new roundabout means the junction will be much easier to negotiate, safer, and encourage vehicles that do not need to stop in Cromer to bypass it and cut congestion in the town. I have received so many congratulatory remarks since the roundabout was opened.”
Vice-Chairman of Felbrigg Parish Council, Councillor Denis Connelly, said: “I'm certain that the Parish Councils, along with everyone that has worked so hard and had some input into obtaining this roundabout will feel proud of what they have jointly achieved. Apart from easing congestion at this junction, it most importantly will make it safer for all users of the adjoining roads. Well done and thanks to everyone!"
Facts and figures - construction of the roundabout needed:
- 4,020 square metres of new asphalt
- 990m of new kerbing
- 3,700 square metres of grass seed
- 2.6km of road markings
- 180 metres of new drainage pipe and 9 new soakaways - to reduce chance of surface water flooding during periods of heavy rain
- 3 trees needed to be removed however we’ll plant 13 to replace them in the autumn
- *500,000 vehicles have used the new roundabout since it was opened (figure is for the period 12 May – 16 June 2017 this estimate is based the latest traffic data)
Notes to editors
For political comment
Cllr Martin Wilby (Conservative) Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07920 286618 or 01379 741504
Cllr Terry Jermy (Labour) on 07742 157967
Cllr Tim East (Liberal Democrat) on 01603 743241