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Further details on Yarmouth’s proposed Third River Crossing revealed as consultation set to launch later this month

08 August 2018

People will have the opportunity to give their thoughts on more detailed proposals for Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing when Norfolk County Council launches a public consultation later this month.

Construction of the new lifting bridge over the River Yare is due to begin in late 2020 and would see a bridge built linking the A47 at Harfrey’s Roundabout on the western side of the river to South Denes Road on the eastern side of the river.

Ahead of the consultation launching on Monday, 20 August, the County Council has now revealed further detail on the design of the bridge and its approaches, how it proposes to operate the bridge and its likely effects on traffic in the town.

Details made public for the first time include:

  • Designs for the approaches to the bridge on either side.  A new five-arm roundabout would be created on the western side of the river and a dual carriageway road would link Harfrey’s roundabout to the new roundabout and then continue onto the bridge and over the river to meet South Denes Road at a traffic-light controlled junction.  View an overhead plan of the proposed bridge and approaches.
  • Information regarding the opening function of the bridge.  It is estimated that the bridge would be available for use by road traffic for 22 hours and 38 minutes a day.  Openings to allow taller vessels through would take around five and a half minutes each time at an average of 15 openings a day based on anticipated river traffic levels in 2023.
  • Traffic modelling, forecasting how traffic would use the Third River Crossing and get around the rest of the town as a result.  This shows that the new bridge would be anticipated to carry 19,400 vehicles a day in 2023, rising to 21,700 in 2038.
  • The provision of cycling and walking routes.  A number of dedicated and shared use walking and cycling routes are proposed around the Third River Crossing, with pavements and an off-carriageway cycling route provided on the bridge itself.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:  “The Third River Crossing is important to Great Yarmouth and the whole of Norfolk.  Not only will it reduce traffic congestion on the town’s roads but, in doing so, it will help to attract investment to the area, supporting business growth and creating jobs.

“This is likely to be people’s last chance to give us their thoughts on proposals for the bridge through a public consultation, so I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

The consultation will run between Monday, 20 August and Friday, 5 October and during this time people will be able to view information on the design, operation and likely impact of the bridge and respond via

Below are illustrative designs to show the range of opening mechanisms being considered – the final design may be different.

Staffed consultation events are also being held where people can ask questions of staff involved in the project and respond to the consultation in person. The details of these are as follows:

  • Saturday, 25 August, 10am-4.30pm at Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth
  • Thursday, 30 August, 10am-9pm at the Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth
  • Tuesday, 4 September, 10am-8pm at Gorleston Library, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston
  • Wednesday, 12 September, 10am–8pm at the Kings Centre, 30 Queen Annes Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

In November 2017 Norfolk County Council was awarded £98m towards the anticipated £120m cost of building the Third River Crossing by the Department for Transport. Then in February the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Third River Crossing as a nationally significant project.

As a result, Norfolk County Council needs to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), which combines planning permission, land and other necessary orders, to progress the project.  This application is due to be made in spring 2019 but before it can do so, the council is required to carry out a statutory public consultation to obtain people’s views on the proposals.

The council is also currently in the middle of a competitive selection process to appoint a main contractor to design and build the Third River Crossing, with the successful contractor due to be announced in early 2019.

Cllr Graham Plant, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said:  “The Third River Crossing is a major piece in the puzzle in realising Great Yarmouth’s enormous potential, particularly in supporting the growth of the port, outer harbour and energy-related enterprise zone, which is why the project was awarded £98 m by the Government in last year’s Autumn Budget.

“The benefits of this bridge for our residents, businesses and visitors are significant, and I’m really pleased to see that the project is making good progress and is on schedule to start construction in late 2020.”

More information about the consultation and the Third River Crossing as a whole is available at  The consultation questionnaire will be available via this link from Monday, 20 August and can be completed online until midnight on Friday, 5 October.

Where to find information on the consultation

Consultation documents, including paper copies of the consultation questionnaire, will be available to view at the following places during the period of the consultation:

  • Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH
  • Gorleston Library, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6QU
  • Kings Centre, 30 Queen Annes Road, Southtown, Gt Yarmouth, NR31 0LE
  • Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF
  • Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NW
  • The Archive Centre, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ.

They will also be available to view on Norfolk County Council’s website at

Ways people can respond to the consultation

After the consultation launches on Monday 20 August, people can respond by:

  • Completing a questionnaire on line at
  • Completing the paper questionnaire and posting it to Norfolk County Council, GY3RC, Ground floor - south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH
  • Emailing comments to
  • Writing to Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK, Norfolk County Council, GY3RC, Ground floor, south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH
  • You do not need to use a stamp if you are using the above Freepost address. However, if you want to help the council save money please use a stamp and send to this address: Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing Stage 3 Consultation, Infrastructure Delivery Team, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, NR1 2DH.

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