The development of a Norwich Western Link, to connect the Broadland Northway, formerly known as the Northern Distributor Road (NDR), from the A1067 to the A47 west of Norwich, is one of our top infrastructure priorities. Since construction began on Broadland Northway there have been sustained calls to fill in the ‘missing link’.
The Norwich Western Link would provide a higher standard route between the western end of Broadland Northway and the A47 and significantly improve travel between these two major roads. Traffic congestion, rat-running and delays to journeys are all significant issues on minor roads to the west of Norwich and there is strong support from the public, the business community, emergency services, local councils and MPs for a link road to be created.
In July 2019, we confirmed a preferred route for the Norwich Western Link - a new 3.8 mile dual carriageway road. In May 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) approved our Strategic Outline Business Case, meaning the project has conditional entry into DfT’s ‘Large Local Majors’ funding programme and awarding us more than £1 million of development funding for the project in the 2020/21 financial year.
In June 2021, we awarded the contract to design and build the Norwich Western Link to Ferrovial Construction and we also submitted the Outline Business Case for the project to DfT. If this business case is approved, this would provide a funding commitment from government which is expected to cover 85% of the £198 million total project costs.