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Appeal made for underpass planned for Wymondham bridge to be brought forward

06:00 19 June 2014

Flooding in Station Road, Wymondham. Photo: Steve Maddams

Flooding in Station Road, Wymondham. Photo: Steve Maddams

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An appeal has been made for the construction of a new underpass to be brought forward, to reduce congestion and improve safety at a south Norfolk railway bridge.

Wymondham town councillor Robert Savage called for the underpass next to the Station Road bridge to be built sooner than when the 750th home was completed as part of plans for 1,200 homes in southern Wymondham.

The narrow road under the bridge has become a notorious bottleneck for vehicles travelling to and from the south of the town and often floods during heavy rainfall.

Mr Savage was concerned that when work started on the new homes in the Silfield Road and Rightup Lane area, traffic control measures would be introduced, including single lane working, which would add to the bottleneck at the bridge.

At Monday’s South Norfolk Council cabinet meeting, he said he was worried the bridge project was not mentioned in the south norfolk business plan 2014/15 for strategic infrastructure projects in south Norfolk to support the planned growth in the joint core strategy (JCS).

He was also concerned about how the underpass would be funded, though council leader John Fuller said the infrastructure would be delivered through contributions from the community infrastructure levy.

“I am sure the people of Wymondham will be looking to bring it forward rather than put up with the problem,” Mr Savage said.

Plans for the underpass project have been submitted to the council.

The aim is to widen the road under the bridge by removing existing pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the road to provide more space for cars and instead create the underpass through the embankment next to the bridge which will take cyclists and pedestrians.

Previously, councillors have raised concerns about whether the improvements would enable the bridge to cope with possibly an extra 4,000 vehicles associated with the 1,200 new homes.

The JCS has been developed by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership to deliver 37,000 new homes and 27,000 new jobs by 2026.

Is the underpass an urgent priority? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • As far as I am aware the problem with the bridge is that a pond develops under it whenever there is a decent downpour. Sort the drainage out and a lot of the problems will be resolved.

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    Peter Ireland

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Save the money and clean out the drains

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • This whole plan of another large housing estate has been a fine example of SNDC agreeing to a development that was opposed by a large majority of Wymondham residents (71%). If the Councillors had sat for a minute and imagined what it would be like for over six hundred cars leaving the new estate, to take people to work each morning and trying to get under the bridge, they would hopefully have rejected the proposal. Let us hope that the Independent Inspector has more common sense.

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    Adrian Gent

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • DaveG - that's exactly what the council have done, it's what they call the community infrastructure levy which is paid by the developers & land owners.

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    Only Me

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • @ DaveG. I second that!

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    Anglianjacky

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Funding should be easy. Tell the developers, if you want to build 750 houses and make millions, then you will pay for infrastructure improvements to get peopel to them.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Notorious bottleneck? Where do you get your information? I have lived on The Lizard for a number of years and travel by car and on foot at peak times. The only tailbacks are due to the traffic lights and the only times there are problems are when the bridge floods in wet weather. Get the drainange sorted and job done! Why spend all this money on widening the bridge - could it be to justify the 750 + homes to be built which will ruin our already overcrowded market town?

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    alideco

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

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