Norwich Western Link route
The new 3.8 mile dual carriageway road would link from the roundabout at the western end of Broadland Northway and extend for around 350 metres along the A1067 Fakenham Road before turning in a south-westerly direction via a new junction. The road would cross the River Wensum on a viaduct and then continue at or near ground level for the remainder of its length. It would link to the A47 via a new junction at Wood Lane (B1535), which forms part of Highways England’s plan to dual the A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton.
Together with the dualling of the A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton, due to get underway in early 2023, the Norwich Western Link would complete a fully dual carriageway orbital route around the city.
Protecting the environment
We’re committed to creating this road in an environmentally responsible way. We are aiming to achieve ‘biodiversity net gain’ for all applicable habitats, as set out by Defra, which will see new areas of habitat created, including woodland and wetland, as well as improvements to existing ones.
We will ensure the project has no adverse impacts on the integrity of the River Wensum Special Area of Conservation, which can be achieved through, for example, the design of the viaduct and
We’ve also established an Ecology Liaison Group, involving representatives from local nature conservation groups with the purpose of sharing information and ideas and providing in-depth local insight on ecological matters.
Complementary transport measures
One of the Norwich Western Link’s project objectives is to encourage and support people to walk, cycle and use public transport. Taking traffic off the existing road network will help with this, but we’re also working to develop complementary transport measures that will support this ambition. Between July and September 2020 we carried out a public consultation which asked for people’s views on proposals to support walking, cycling and public transport use. You can read more about the outcome of this consultation on the Have Your Say page.
Taking account of the consultation responses, we are now developing proposals to improve Public Rights of Way in the vicinity of the Norwich Western Link route as well as measures to make walking and cycling more attractive across a wider area.
The walking and cycling measures across the wider area we have shortlisted for further development as part of the project are:
A) A new pedestrian and cycle crossing on the A1067 Fakenham Road at Attlebridge.
B) A new pedestrian and cycle crossing on the A1067 Drayton High Road to improve connectivity with the Marriott’s Way.
C) A cycle friendly on-road link from Attlebridge and Weston Longville towards Norwich via Ringland and Taverham.
D) A cycle friendly on-road link from Ringland to Easton.
E) A cycle-friendly on-road link south of the A47 from Easton to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and University of East Anglia.
A map showing the locations and routes of these proposed measures across the wider area can be viewed below.
A map showing the improvements to local Public Rights of Way we are proposing as part of the project, and how these fit with the existing Public Rights of Way network, can be viewed below.
These proposals include the following crossings of the Norwich Western Link which can be used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and non-motorised vehicles:
- An underpass crossing at Ringland Lane towards the northern end of the route. This will be kept open to all traffic.
- A green bridge at The Broadway towards the southern end of the route which will be restricted to non-motorised traffic only and also serve as a wildlife crossing.
- A further green bridge between these two, called ‘New Green Bridge’ on the map. This is an additional crossing that has been added to our plans since we consulted last year and it will link into the local Public Rights of Way network as well as serving as a wildlife crossing.
We are still considering options for a potential new bus service which could be viable once the Norwich Western Link is in place and are continuing to discuss this with bus operators.
Introducing traffic measures designed to limit the amount, speed and type of vehicles using the existing road network in the area will also be considered as part of the project.
The project objectives set out what the Norwich Western Link project should provide and enable. The objectives are in two tiers - high-level objectives and specific objectives.
- Support sustainable economic growth
- Improve the quality of life for local communities
- Promote an improved environment
- Improve strategic connectivity with the national road network
- Improve connectivity and journey times on key routes in Greater Norwich
- Reduce the impacts of traffic on people and places within the western area of Greater Norwich
- Encourage and support walking, cycling and public transport use
- Improve safety on and near the road network, especially for pedestrians and cyclists
- Protect the natural and built environment, including the integrity of the River Wensum Special Area of Conservation
- Improve accessibility to key sites in Greater Norwich