We have now published a preferred route for the Norwich Western Link.
The new 2.9 mile dual carriageway road links from the roundabout at the western end of Broadland Northway and extends for around 350 metres along the A1067 Fakenham Road before turning in a south-westerly direction via a new junction. The road crosses the River Wensum on a viaduct and then continues at or near ground level for the remainder of its length. It links 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 2022, delivering Option C as the preferred route would create a fully dual carriageway orbital route around the city.
We’re committed to creating this road in an environmentally responsible way. We are aiming to achieve ‘biodiversity net gain’ which means we would leave habitats for wildlife in a measurably better state than before construction began. We would do this through, for example, creating new habitats, planting and including features such as green bridges.
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 construction methods. We have consulted Natural England and the Environment Agency and they consider that if a new road is required, a new viaduct would be an acceptable solution subject to appropriate design and construction methods.
We’re also establishing 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.
One of the Norwich Western Link’s project objectives is to encourage people to shift the way they travel to use more sustainable forms of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport. Taking traffic off the existing road network will help with this, but we’ll also work to develop complementary transport measures that will support this ambition.
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 a Norwich Western Link should provide and enable. The objectives are in two tiers - high-level objectives and specific objectives.