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About the Norwich Western Link

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 2022, 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
construction methods.

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. We’re currently asking for people’s views on proposals to support people walking, cycling and public transport use through our Local Access Consultation. 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. The responses we received will help to inform our decision-making on these aspects of the project. 

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.

Project objectives

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.

High-level 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

Specific objectives

  • 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

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