Further detail on Norwich Western Link options revealed as consultation begins
26 November 2018
Tell us what you think of four potential options for a new or improved road connection between the A47 and the western end of Broadland Northway, asks Norfolk County Council, as a public consultation gets underway today (Monday 26 November).
The County Council is proposing to create a Norwich Western Link to improve travel between the A47 and Broadland Northway (formerly the Northern Distributor Road) and tackle transport problems in the area.
Earlier this month, the council published four shortlisted options for a Norwich Western Link - three new dual carriageway roads and a single carriageway upgrade to the B1535 – and people can now find out more about each of the options and give their opinions on them through the consultation.
To ensure people can make an informed response to the consultation, Norfolk County Council has provided further details on the options which have been published today. This includes information on environmental considerations and traffic modelling information – how each of the routes is likely to affect levels of traffic on other roads.
The majority of the new or improved roads would be built at or near ground level and also include improvements to the A1067 Fakenham Road. However, viaduct-style bridges over river flood plains are included in some of the options and an artist’s impression to give people an indication of how a viaduct over the River Wensum could look has also been made available.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “The Norwich Western Link is one of the County Council’s top infrastructure priorities and we know how important it is to people in Norfolk too.
“We’ve been hearing for several years now that people want us to fill in what they see as the ‘missing link’ between the A47 and Broadland Northway. And the message from our consultation in the summer was clear – there are real problems with congestion and rat-running on smaller roads to the west of Norwich and the vast majority of people who responded were in favour of a new road connection.
“We’ve taken all this on board and we’ve come up with four potential options for a Norwich Western Link. Now we want to hear what you have to say about them, which will help us propose a preferred route next spring. This is a big moment for the project so please, have a good look through all the information we’ve made available about the options and give us your thoughts before the consultation closes in mid-January.”
People can find out more about the options and respond to the consultation online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl any time until midnight on Friday, 18 January when the consultation closes.
People can also respond in person, and ask any questions they may have, at a series of staffed consultation events taking place throughout the consultation period. Information on these events is below, all of them will run between 2 and 8pm unless otherwise stated and people can drop in at any point between these opening times.
- Ringland Village Hall - Wednesday 28 November
- Drayton Village Hall - Monday 3 December
- The Forum, Norwich - Tuesday 4 December (12 – 5pm)
- Hockering Village Hall - Wednesday 5 December
- Easton Village Hall - Monday 10 December
- Taverham Village Hall - Tuesday 11 December (12 – 6pm)
- Hall for All, Weston Longville - Wednesday 12 December
- Salvation Army Church, Fakenham - Friday 14 December
- Aylsham Town Hall - Tuesday 8 January
- Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Hellesdon - Thursday 10 January
- Great Witchingham Village Hall - Friday 11 January
- The Costessey Centre - Monday 14 January
- Dereham Memorial Hall - Tuesday 15 January
- Honingham Village Hall - Wednesday 16 January
People who fill in the consultation questionnaire will be asked how effective they think each of the options would be as a Norwich Western Link. Once they have considered all the options individually, people will then be asked to select any of the options they would support as a link road between the A47 and Broadland Northway, or to select if they think none of the options are suitable.
There will also be a question about other transport improvements the County Council could make to complement the options, including improving walking and cycling routes and bringing in traffic management measures on existing roads.
The shortlist that people are being consulted on is the culmination of months of work to identify which options would be most effective as a Norwich Western Link. This work followed Department for Transport assessment guidelines and included traffic surveys and modelling, gathering information on environmental and ecological factors in the area and developing a longlist of road and non-road options.
Responses to the consultation will help the council identify a preferred route for the Norwich Western Link in spring 2019. Subject to all the necessary statutory processes being completed, the council is aiming to start construction on the Norwich Western Link in late 2022.
For more information about the project and to respond to the consultation, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl.