About the NDR route

You'll find answers to frequent questions about the route, including side roads, junctions and the road itself below.

Norfolk County Council adopted a preferred route from the A1067 Fakenham Road at Attlebridge to the A47 at Postwick in September 2005.

The route and junction details were confirmed after examination under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project procedures, and are set out in the Development Consent Order.

The traffic forecasts used in the development consent application can be found in the Development Consent Order documents. See Appendix I of the Traffic Forecasting Report (Document Ref 5.6).

View the Development Consent Order documents.

No specific air quality monitoring is proposed in the area of NDR. The air quality objectives for use by Local Authorities are set out in the Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000 and the Air Quality (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. Any areas where these objectives are not being achieved (or are not likely to be achieved) are declared as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and there is then a duty to produce a plan that sets out measures proposed to achieve the air quality objectives.

The effects of the NDR have been assessed using modelling techniques and this assessment was included in the Environmental Statement which formed part of the application to the Planning Inspectorate for Development Consent in January 2014. The various sections of the Environmental Statement (Document Ref 6.1 and 6.2) can be access on this webpage with Chapter 4 relating to air quality.

See the Development Consent Order documents.

The NDR proposal is for a 20km dual carriageway between the A1067 Fakenham Road near Attlebridge and the A47 Trunk Road at Postwick.

The section of the NDR between the A1067 Fakenham Road was not promoted as part of the current scheme on environmental grounds. Taking the road across the Wensum Valley – a Special Area of Conservation of international importance – would have led to objections from statutory environmental bodies, putting the whole project at risk. Even without the western link, the NDR provides significant transport and economic benefits and will be very effective at distributing traffic around the north and east of Norwich.

This connection, known as the Norwich Western Link, is now an infrastructure priority for Norfolk County Council and is being taken forward separately.

This is technically unworkable due to groundwater conditions, most notably standing groundwater at road level.

There is a high risk of flooding and there would need to be a permanent pumping system in place. We are also in the hands of Network Rail who have demanded a substantial maintenance sum. All these issues would have increased this option by over £10million.

This is to reduce the impact of the NDR on residential properties in Spixworth and those along Buxton Road.

This depends on the location.

The natural lie of the land means that most sections will be in cutting, below surrounding ground level, and some parts will have to be raised on an embankment, for example, over the Norwich to Sheringham railway, between Thorpe End and Rackheath.

The plans give some indication of the sections of the road which would either be in cutting or on embankment.

The road will be drained using a comprehensive and sustainable drainage system.  The detail of this can be seen on the plans in the form of shallow grass channels along the road and infiltration ponds.

Yes, side roads will be improved to form the junctions of the NDR.

All the junctions will be ground level roundabouts, except at the A140 Cromer Road, which will be 'grade separated'. The A140 will cross the NDR on a new bridge, with roundabouts and slip roads providing the connection to the dual carriageway.

You can contact the NDR team via email: norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk.