Work gets underway on £1.5m roundabout set to unlock land to boost jobs in Thetford
20 September 2018
Work got underway last week on a £1.5m roundabout on the A1066 at Thetford, at the junction of Wyatt Way, which is set to open up land for the proposed Thetford Enterprise Park to create much needed jobs in the town.
The upgrade of the junction is expected to take 13 weeks and will provide access to the Thetford Enterprise Park site which will bring employment growth to accompany the planned 5000 new homes on the edge of the town.
Working in partnership with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Breckland Council, Norfolk County Council is delivering the scheme with funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We want to see much needed jobs coming to the vibrant and growing town of Thetford so we’re proud to be delivering this scheme, which is a strong investment in the future, as it’s set to unlock land for the Thetford Enterprise Park and boost local employment opportunities.”
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has allocated £2.4m from the Local Growth Fund for transport improvements in Thetford, including the design and build of the Thetford Enterprise Park roundabout.
Doug Field, Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This investment will benefit Thetford’s local economy, create 1,700 new jobs at the enterprise park and better connect towns between Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.”
Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment, said: “I’m delighted work is now underway to deliver this important infrastructure upgrade in Thetford. The Thetford Enterprise Park is a key employment site at the heart of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor and this new access roundabout will make it more attractive for big businesses to move into the area. When the 44 acre site is fully occupied in the future it will create thousands of new jobs, which is great news for local people.”
To make sure traffic along the busy A1066 and A11 is kept flowing while the roundabout is built the only road closure will be on Wyatt Way. All traffic will be directed to use Fison Way to access the industrial estate on a temporary basis, until work is complete. Norfolk County Council is aware that since work started last week people have been facing queues that are longer than usual when leaving the industrial estate at the end of the day. To help to ease this problem, left turn and right turn only lanes will be painted on Fison Way overnight on 20 September (weather permitting). The situation will continue to be monitored and other options to help improve traffic flow from the industrial estate will be looked into.
Signs will be in place to remind people that businesses remain open as usual.
£1.8m funding for the scheme was allocated from the Local Growth Fund in 2016/17. As the scheme is now expected to cost around £1.5m to design and build the common understanding of the three organisations working on the project - Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Breckland Council - is that any unused funding from the £1.8m would be diverted onto other transport measures for Thetford.
Local Growth Fund
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
New Anglia LEP’s Local Growth Fund
New Anglia LEP’s total Growth Deal from Government is £290m to 2021. It is estimated to create 54,750 new jobs, 6,800 new homes and to generate an additional £628m public and private investment. This funding is used to support projects which aid the delivery of the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk by boosting the region’s skills, driving innovation, targeting support to help small businesses to grow and improving transport and infrastructure.
A full list of New Anglia LEP’s Growth Deal projects can be found at newanglia.co.uk/growth-deal