Stage 3 public consultation

The public consultation closed on Sunday 9 December 2018.

We carried out a public consultation on the Third River Crossing from 20 August until Sunday 09 December.

During the consultation, we became aware that volume II of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) as published had 21 figures (plans) missing.  In response to this, we extended the deadline to make sure people were aware of the issue and had plenty of time to consider and comment on the figures alongside the published consultation documents.  As a result the consultation deadline was extended to 11.59pm on Sunday 9 December 2018.

You can still view the consultation documents by using the links below.

Consultation documents


The Third River Crossing requires a special type of permission, called a Development Consent Order, to construct, operate and maintain it. Under the Planning Act 2008 we have to carry out a statutory consultation before we apply for a Development Consent Order. The stage 3 consultation was this statutory consultation.

We have produced a Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC), which detailed how we would consult.

Ongoing Scheme Development

Since the Stage 3 consultations the council has been considering the consultation responses received and developing the final scheme that will form the Development Consent Order application.  Where we are proposing to make changes to the scheme, we are now undertaking localised consultations with those who are likely to be affected.

Links to these consultations are provided below:

  1. Minor changes to the red line boundary
  2. Removal of the large commercial vessel waiting facility to the south of the proposed crossing

Previous consultations

Two consultations on the Third River Crossing have been completed so far:

Stage 1 (November 2016 – January 2017) Initial engagement consultation to understand views on congestion, share emerging proposals and understand level of support. Key results were:

  • 81% of respondents stated that they would either be very likely, or likely to use a new Third River Crossing
  • 71% of respondents saw congestion in Great Yarmouth as either a serious or a very serious issue, with many being delayed for lengthy periods of time
  • 79% of respondents to the public questionnaire either strongly agreed, or agreed that the Third River Crossing would make their journey times shorter
  • 80% either strongly agreed or agreed that congestion would be greatly reduced by a new crossing.

Stage 2 (September – October 2017) Scheme development consultation to understand views on the bridge development work so far. Key results were:

  • Overall support for the scheme remained high
  • There was general support for the proposed scheme of a bascule bridge at 4.5m clearance
  • A key concern related to how the bridge affects port business and the passage of vessels on the river.

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