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Norwich’s £148.5m Northern Distributor Road gets government go-ahead

11:10 02 June 2015

Members of the public study the plans for the NDR, which has been given the go-ahead. Pic: Denise Bradley.

Members of the public study the plans for the NDR, which has been given the go-ahead. Pic: Denise Bradley.

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The controversial £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road has been given government permission to go ahead.

The road has divided opinion.The road has divided opinion.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today agreed to grant a development consent order for the 12.5 mile road, which will stretch from the A1067 Fakenham Road at Attlebridge in the west to Postwick in the east.

The government has agreed to contribute £86.5m towards the scheme, but Norfolk County Council and developer contributions will be needed to cover the rest of the scheme.

The county council says the road will bring a huge economic boost and connected improvements, such as a rapid bus transit in Norwich.

But critics have warned it will lead to rat-running and say the homes which will spring up around it will concrete over swathes of the countryside.

Proposals for the road were revived more than a decade ago and the proposal was adopted by the county council in September 2005. But it has taken until now for it to formally get the go-ahead.

A panel of inspectors met last year to consider the evidence for and against the road and made their recommendation to the secretary of state.

The county council says the road has the potential to unlock £1bn of economic benefits to Norfolk. They say it will provide jobs and boost businesses in Norwich, Broadland and North Norfolk.

They say it will unlock new business sites, especially in north east Norwich and Broadland, improve access to existing industrial and commercial estates, and make some of the most attractive parts of Norfolk more accessible to tourists.

The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce welcomed the proposals as bringing greater accessibility, infrastructure for new homes and new jobs.

Aviva said the road would be particularly beneficial to the 2,000 staff who work at Broadland Business Park, while Norwich International Airport said it would help attract world-class businesses to the area.

However, the process has been mired in controversy. A long-standing criticism of the route is that it does not connect with the A47 to the west of Norwich, with the council having abandoned that plan because an environmentally acceptable and affordable way of crossing the Wensum valley could not be found.

And people living in places such as Great Plumstead, Thorpe End, Hockering, Weston Longville, Drayton and Costessey have raised concerns about the impact of the road where they live. At the public inquiry, one man from Thorpe End said it would be “the biggest piece of environmental destruction yet seen in Norfolk”.

Transport chiefs’ plans to bypass a tendering process and hand a contract for the road to its partner May Gurney was blocked by government lawyers amid claims of cronyism.

An investigation into how submissions over the road from critics went “missing” failed to arrive at a definitive view as to what happened.

The Norfolk County Council probe was launched after complaints by The Green Party, campaign group Stop Norwich Urbanisation (SNUB) and the Campaign to Protect Rural England that their submissions has been lost and had not formed part of last summer’s inquiry into the road.

A report by Al Collier, head of procurement, concluded he was “unable to arrive at a definitive view as to what happened”, but that he believed the council had received the submissions.

Although consent has been granted, opponents do now have the opportunity to launch a legal challenge against the decision.

The council says work could start late this year at the earliest, with completion in 2017.

• What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments section below or write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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74 comments

  • Great news! Get on and build it pronto and do the sensible thing of extending it to the A47 westbound ASAP. Now lock the NIMBYs back in their closets thus allowing them to regroup and to prepare themselves to chase their next sad cause. Maybe a cycle route from the city centre to Trafalgar Square alongside the A11 and M11? Priority to bikes all the way as usual of course!

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    Honest Injun

    Friday, June 5, 2015

  • Stansted Airport; apologies!

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    Stephen Jacklin

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

  • Oh goodness, it's like the world's going to end! Think about it: the NDR might actually limit expansion of Norwich and stop "growth pockets" sprawling up everywhere along all of the radial routes. People will actually be able to travel from Fakenham, Holt, Cromer, North Walsham and Wroxham without going into the city unless they need to. Like London, it might actually be quicker and easier to travel through the city rather than round, depending on where you're headed. There will be fewer bottlenecks. Fir Covet and similar roads all around - and their junctions with the A1067, A140, Holt Road, etc, won't be used as rat-runs. Cars will 'flow' better, there will be fewer stop-start journeys which means engines will run better. Lorries will use the NDR, too. And why is the (lack of) a western link a problem? Do you seriously think everyone's going to drive anti-clockwise all the way round to Attlebridge and get stuck? People travelling from Fakenham already go out of their way through Weston Longville, etc. If roads through Norwich are easier, people won't need to rat-run or use the half-assed attempt by Norfolk CC to 'upgrade' the unclassified link from the A47 to Lenwade. Granted, serious investment in alternative transport would be better than building another road but that's not going to happen: A railway line that connects to the airport, reinstating the station at Hethersett with park & ride or bus links to the cityN&NUEA, maybe even putting back part of the old M&GN via Whitwell & Reepham into Norwich are probably just, if not more expensive than the NDR. I know there will be more house building, more traffic, etc, but at least the new road will be mainly dual carriageway and, with the correct planningtiming of houses, should be able to cope. And we're getting it beforewhilst they build the houses. That's very rare indeed - just think it took 20 years to upgrade the M11A120 after Stagnated Airport was redeveloped.

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    Stephen Jacklin

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

  • I truly think that, by the time the' Road To Nowhere' is completed that the Special Area of Conservation, The Wensum Valley, will be no more. The primary designation for the Site is the population of Austropotamobius pallipes, a white clawed crayfish to you and me, and , any increase in the population of Pacifastacus lenusculus would make them very unhappy. If that were to happen (God forbid) then the SAC EU code 0012647 could be revoked thereby allowing the Western link to be completed. Well. you never know, just my idle thoughts.

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    Moaning Lisa

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • Yet again Norfolk blunders into another poorly thought through development. Whether it is needed or not will probably be debated from now to doomsday. However, the fact that the Western end of the road will stop before the A47 for ludicrous "environmental" reasons is completely irresponsible. Norfolk County Council seem totally oblivious to the concerns of Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe Marriot residents that the road connections to the South of the city are already woefully inadequate. Makes you wonder who pays for the Council to be there.......

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    Smellthecoffee

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • SimonT - the traffic that currently heads North or South along the A140 outer ring accessing the Cromer Road will be encouraged to use the NDR west side from the Airport to the Fakenham Road. How will this traffic then get to the A47? A number of possibilities - through Weston Longville on the single-track Marl Hill Road, through Taverham to Ringland via Beech Avenue, Costessey Lane and Ringland Road (another single-track road in places) or through Taverham and Costessey via Sandy Lane, Taverham Lane, West End and Longwater Lane. None of these roads are suitable for large volumes of traffic, but that's where they'll go, which is why people are objecting to the incomplete route currently proposed by the council. The traffic will be an increase on the current levels along the Fakenham Road because it will be pushed as an alternative to the outer ring. Just take a look at the traffic projections on the inquiry site to get an idea of the increases.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • I don't see how the Northern Distributor Road would cause "chaos around Taverham", as some people claim. It will remove a great deal of through traffic from Taverham. Also, although it would be ideal if the road formed a true northern bypass and along with the southern bypass gave Norwich an orbital road, I don't see how it makes things any worse on the north-west side of the city than present, as some people again claim. In fact, it should make things better. Traffic travelling from the A140 Cromer Road and all points east of there can effectively use the NDR as a bypass around the east of Norwich (i.e. travelling from all points between 12 o'clock and 8 o'clock around Norwich). Anyone travelling from the B1150 North Walsham Road and all points east of there can effectively use the NDR as a bypass around the east of Norwich right round to the A47 West (i.e. travelling from all points between 1 o'clock and 9 o'clock around Norwich). It's only for people travelling from points between the Cromer Road and Fakenham Road to the A47 West that it's probably normally a bit far to be effective going east around Norwich, but they'll still benefit because that currently extremely busy north-western section of the outer ring road will be so much quieter!

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    SimonT

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • Great! lets hope this road will create more development around Norwich, more jobs and more homes. Glad this has been approved, lets hope the work starts soon!

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    magicmatt

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • Andy - that's my point. There seems to be lots of radial traffic, rather than circular. What's circular tends to be people going north or south on the west side - Cromer Road to and from the A11. Do they really expect people to go around Norwich to the east, then back along the A47 to get to the A11? 15 miles instead of 8? I know it's only an extra 7 miles, but people will tend to take the most direct route. The traffic hold ups tend to be on the west of the city (yes, the access to the A47 from the Yarmouth road is a problem), so how will the incomplete NDR alleviate this? The documentation from the inquiry is copious, but fails to address this (I would recommend it to anyone to read if you're having difficulty sleeping).

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • This is the start of the destruction of our beloved Norfolk. The only people benefitting from this will be big city investment companies and greedy property developers.indigenous Norfolk people love our countryside our way of life and realise the importance of our green and pleasant land incomers look at it as a quick buck !

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    norfolk bird

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • The money would of been better spent on the a47 and a140 Why cant they join up to the a47 section at the Weston Longville turning I just cant see people living in drayton and taverham going 12 miles in the wrong direction to get to broadland business park.

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    david106

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • @ oldyellow, That conundrum will be pushed west of Weston Longville is my prediction..maybe as far as Swanton Morley & Bawdeswell,or a missed turn off the Hardwick maybe?

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    Donshanks

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I'm astonished that a route that directs traffic towards Attlebridge without continuing to the A47 is the preferred option. Where is the traffic going to go? Down a single track road past the Parson Woodforde at Weston Longville?

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    Steven Kemp

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • So many haters and others. You might to look at the traffic predictions for the radial roads that connect the NDR and the city centre. It is predicted that there will be nothing like 40,000 traffic movements per day using those roads. Wonder how they will stop the cars coming into Norwich?

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    andy

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I'm nether here nor there regarding this, though if motorists think this will fix things just wait until all the new houses go up. You'll be back where we started as far as congestion is concerned in no time. The lack of cycle path is a issue though. There is talk of a cycle path being installed from the south (airport area) to the center of the city. Also, many new housing estate popping up along its route again means a missed opportunity not to add the construction of a cheap (relatively speaking) cycle path on to the NDR now. Sure we can wait a few years (that's more likely) and have injure the cries of "the war on motorists" from the usual camp, or we can sort it now and avoid that predictable annoyance all together.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • What happens when the money runs out? I wonder how close that cost estimate is to the reality when completed. Also having been built what is the annual maintenance estimation? It is not just a case of building a road which will do little to relieve the current traffic in Norwich, there will be an ongoing expense to keep it. At a time when budgets are being cut where on earth do they think they are going to find that money?

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Interesting that the lead photo shows the road that was consulted upon and which I amongst many others said yes to. Quite unlike the current proposals which so many more of us now object to. Of course after it is built it will be found that there are problems which will then over ride the conservation concerns and the western end of the road will be built after all in line with the original plans. Amongst the problems is that the 'up to 40,000 cars a day using the road' will overwhelm the southern bypass which will be inadequate to cope with the increased traffic. Building the western half will be deemed to solve this problem - they hope! Council planners will most likely have all this in mind now. They have probably not yet worked out that the Postwick hub design is flawed but give it time!

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    andy

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Great news. I simply can't understand this argument about environmental destruction. Surely encouraging traffic out of places like Drayton, Hellesdon, Taverham, Spixworth etc must be beneficial to those living there. I bet those opposing this road use other major routes through other communities without much thought on the environment.......or do they all use the buses?? I think not!!

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    Gandalf

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Should have been done and dusted years ago...but...what about the link between the Fakenham Rd and A47 not shown on map, it terminates on Fakenham Rd where are the lorries going to link to A47 or are they having to go single track road through Weston Longville.

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • At last Norwich are moving into the 21st century. Why all the negativity which has already cost us both time and money. I hope the protestors don't hold up the development by insisting on more legal costs

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    Kevin Gaffney

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • It's a city. Get over it. Best thing to happen for decades. The whingers have nothing better to do and want everything to stay in a bygone era. Investment, advancement, opportunity. Good move. 'Oh there won't be any green left'. Really? Wow.

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    Marshwiggle

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • feel this is a good news bad news story. roundabout after roundabout on a road to nowhere. this road will help very few . good for the councils income once it is paid for.

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    hamcan

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • About time, those who don't want it have probably been blessed with the southern bypass for the last 25 years and only think of themselves. Get the diggers out nice and quickly now.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Hilarious - I am told that the head of highways at ncc can't even drive! White elephant or what! But hey oh it's only tax payers money.......

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    starkadder

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • The architect for this folly, Adrian Gunson, hope he can live with himself.

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    Marigold

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Great news, but it was always going to be built. I would love the people who are against the road to come up with something other than the normal old pony of rat-runs and increase traffic. People require homes and houses need roads. Plus the Conservatives have promised improvements at Easton and North Burlingham on the A47, fingers crossed Long Stratton will get bypassed this decade.

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    Tone the moan

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I fully support the Northern Distributor Road for Norwich. It should only be one lane wide though - that is all we got for the Hardwick roundabout in King's Lynn. Let's see the west of the county get it's share of our combined Norfolk budget please.

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    IanofNorfolk

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Once it is built and then maybe not used - any chance that Bernie Ecclestone might be interested in leasing it for about a week every year to run the F1 British GP? Or more regularly take over most weekends from Snetterton? Could earn back some of the savings NCC won't be making.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • It was a done deal from the very word go, which is why NCC never stopped working on it when it was before the inspectorate. Yes it all stinks and this dead end road is nothing short of farcical and is only being built to serve the developers who donate large sums of money into the various political parties.

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    Twig Stevens

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • About time,BUT why after all this time are we to get an incomplete road,without the Wensum valley crossing the gain particularly for the airport and residents of Taverham and Drayton will be nil. When will this council get something right!

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    Union Jack

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Great news and far too long overdo. Though not linking it up to the A47 is madness. Hopefully it will take a lot of traffic away from the outer ring road, which is often clogged up with traffic

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    beetlebum

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • About flipping time, get in the 21st century at last. P.S Yah boo sucks to all those who have been blocking it for years.

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    Maggot

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Tbonetone, agree totally with you. In fact I wrote a similar comment. For some reason Archant have removed it. All I did was point out that drastic cuts are having to be made by the same council who are going to be on the hook for a great deal of money for this scheme. Our services will be cut and somehow our money will pay for this road. I also happened to mention that my confidence is low in the job creation and financial benefit figures,as you query. Particularly when they come from the same source that managed to spend a lot of our money on a thing that nobody built near Kings Lynn. Hard facts are far better than pipe dreams. Let us have some. When will the house building stop? What do you think Archant? Going to pull this one?

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • this is great news but i wonder how many people here complaining about it will use it. now what will they moan and demonstration about next.

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    DAVE

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • An Inner Link Road,an Outer Ring Road,now the start of an Outer Outer Ring Road,next an Outer Outer Outer Ring Road...until al we have is Ring Roads for cars with no where to go.

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • How can this road be sanctioned when the two halves do not meet. Surely that's the point of the exercise. Planners - I ask you.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Bet you're not a NIMBY then Odget. Welcome to the Outer Outer Ring Road, what a waste of time and money, not to mention envrionmental destruction.

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    sacharelle

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Try penalty clause.

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    Norfolkman

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I am just waiting for the announcement that due to increased population levels and need for food no further building can take place on agricultural land. That could mess up some projections.

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    jennifer jane

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I'm so pleased that the NDR has been given the go ahead, hopefully the inevitable legal challenges will come to nothing and construction can begin. I wonder what project the NIMBY's will target next, perhaps no to the A47 improvements?

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    Odget

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Wish I was one of the lucky land owners, near the road,who will all become multi millionaires , when they sell their land for building!! Bet they can't believe their luck!

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    canaryken

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • A complete waste of time and of course more importantly, money. Who is the road actually for? It isn't a proper bypass, doesn't go anywhere of great importance and is linked to a lousy excuse of an airport that is the wrong side of Norwich which be functional is 15 years time anyway. We already have a bypass. Norwich isn't big and relevant enough to warrant (half) another.

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    komakino

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I've read a lot about "unlocking a billion £" in potential benefits to Norfolk and lots about housing growth. Not seen any real research that backs this up. All the presentations were very wooly on evidence. Since the southern bypass was built, there is not really a huge amount of housing growth in evidence. Perhaps Broadland buinsess park is the only growth related to the southern bypass. Not convinced and agree with some here that users of the NDR may simply clog the old routes in and out of the City rather than bypass the City trying to get to all these new business areas and homes.

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    Tbonetone

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I have mixed feelings about this. It will bring releif to people living in the area taking cars off the side roads as it is very difficult driving near the airport. However it will be the thin end of the wedge to turn Norfolk into something it has never been and that I regret. So on balance I think there is far more to lose by building it and I am against it.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • This expensive go-ahead sits strangely with NCC's 'green light' to find savings of £169 million and "cash strapped NCC" (as the EDP described them) selling land in Acle ... Does this convince the taxpayer that "The more you spend, the more you save"?

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Lets the Council incentives begin !

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    Simon Bramley

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • At long last, just need the link over the Wensum, it can be done, nature will recover. Pity about all the roundabouts, must have been designed by the chap who did the Thetford bypass.

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • @ Albert Cooper: I think we were all quite astonished and surprised. @ Norfolkman: wasn't the incinerator scheme very well handled?

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • I've yet to see any journey analysis that tracks vehicles using the radial routes around Norwich to see where they go to. Are they travelling around the city, or into the city? I suspect the majority are travelling in and out of the city, thus rendering the NDR useless for it's intended use. Given the volume of traffic using Guardian-Sweet Briar-Boundary Roads, there seems to be a lot of movement on the West of the city heading north and south. How will the NDR alleviate this? It's a vanity project for the council that is just a vehicle for allowing further expansion of the city into the countryside, extending the power base of Norwich council. Also, given what's being done to the city centre to improve cycle provision, why hasn't this been incorporated into the NDR plans as a parallel but segregated cycle lane (i.e. separated by a physical barrier - see interstate 205)?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • @snub - if that is the sum total of your legal challenge you might be in for a rude awaken when you visit your legal teams chambers. It's a road, there will be traffic a few roundabouts are unlikely to make this a 'nightmare', groundless complaint. New houses, what is the problem there? They will all be subject to planning and might help to combat the national housing shortage, groundless complaint. Capital funding projects are funded separately from council services, the budgets are separate and not interrelated, groundless complaint. Luckily your barrister is likely to see instantly that these 'grounds for legal challenge' are baseless and they will send you on your way with only a small bill for your troubles.

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    rushallchap

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • It's going to be a laugh watching all those cars speeding off the NDR finding themselves landing on the A1067 then slowing themselves down behind a tractor doing 20mph. Anyone traveling from the A47 Great Yarmouth area wanting to go west will most certainly use the Southern Bypass - Planning ?

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    Stop Press

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • This is a joke decision no consideration given to the enviroment or to small villages in norfolk. althose who support it get your head out of the clouds this is only just the beginning of turning Norfolk into a concrete jungle. why not now knock down half of Norwich and build a 5 runway airport, think how much money that could bring to Norwich you think is a silly ides than so is today decison.

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    Carrot Blue

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Thank goodness for that. We needed it ten years ago. Just get it built. I will watch with interest and even lend a hand if you need (you will need to teach me how do sail a JCB). We need better roads.

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    Paul Chisnall

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • This nonsense access road will have 8 at-grade roundabout junctions, 2 grade-separated junctions and 7 bridge crossings along its 20km route making crossing it a nightmare and causing traffic congestion that will only add to the carbon emissions that are already outside of permitted EU limits. Grounds for a legal challenge methinks! This road will also hasten the construction of thousands of houses in the North East Growth Triangle as well as adding a minimum of £60m to the county debt at a time when Norfolk County Council are cutting £165m of front line services to the most vulnerable residents. Grounds for a legal challenge methinks!

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    SNUB

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • We can but hope that the contract for the Road to Nowhere is better than the one NCc got into with the Incinerator. I have my doubts.

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    Norfolkman

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Oh well, back in Lal Lal land, het up posters of both sides. Don't bother just chill out (chillax!) I used my bus pass yesterday and passing through the Armaggedon of Magdalen St. and Tombland there were only two workmen evident. I hope the work on the NDR will not go at such a snails pace and that I live long enough to see the completion of the fiasco. Finally, I would like to start a Lobby for a canal to link Norwich North with the City Centre.

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    Moaning Lisa

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Well there,s a surprise!

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • So the road to nowhere gets an expensive go ahead . . . I hope people realise that the govt money would have been better spent on dualling the A47 instead. 12.5 miles of roundabout followed by roundabout. Pathetic. Of course the clowns in County Hall will be out celebrating wondering how much more money they can waste and those of us on the east side of the cycle centre called Norwich will just have to wonder how much longer the expedition to the darkest centre of Norwich will take crossing the road to nowhere. Anyone want to bet that a solution to joining the road at the west end to the A47 is solved after the nowhere is completed?

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    manbythesea

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Bit of an optimist, Mr T?

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Excellent, money being spent to improve life for the motorist, the lycra clad mob can have the city centre to themselves now.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • @ FredJ: nice thought! Vroom, vroom.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • @ Nice35f: yes, they probably would.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • This is fantastic news. This will make cycling to my mother in laws so much easier. I take it there will be a cycle lane on it or will it have to close six months later with a cost of X million for this to be added

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    Thing

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • At last! Great news. I wish it joined up with the A47 to the west of the city. Just waiting for a pointless legal challenge to delay the project for another few months now.

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    Canary

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Completion in 2017 seems very quick. Is that at all possible?

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    LoveThorpe

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Is this actually a surprise to anyone? This has had the go ahead for a long time, let's face it - would they really have spent all that money at Postwick if not?

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    Nice35f

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Finally! Good news....but also a serious solution to the A1067 and A47 link must be sought and found to gain full benefit of this project! And re: comments about A47 & A140....ditto!! Let's give the county a fully functioning vehicular infrastructure.

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    Norfolk&Good

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Ha! but will they build a cycle lane as well???? just incase the little darlings decide they too want to ride alongside us well behaved moralists?. It's crazy to think they are closing city roads and instead building roads not really needed (imho). Happy motoring!

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    FredJ

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • So the council say it will bring an economic boost to Norwich, I didn't realise the other roads weren't bringing anything in! Do these other roads need to be upgraded, must be all the pot holes, huge dips and dislodged grates. Sorry forgot, it's the hugs amount of houses that will be built on green land when the road is complete.

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    badger

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Great news and not before time, but must agree that it needs to connect at both ends... spoiling a good job by not completing it... sure someone will see sense and make sure it is built properly. Well, would like to think so.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Well Aviva will probably close down operations in Norwich well before it's finished and Norwich Airport will have gone bust due to poor management. That's my prediction. But if it helps get me about faster then I'm all for it. Me me me.

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • So the road to nowhere, or should I say from Nowhere has got the go ahead. I support it but why not join to the A47 at both ends! Pointless.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Excellent news, lets get this built quickly. Now let's see the EDP start a proper campaign for dualling the A47 and A140, and get all of our MPs on board.

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    john smith

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Excellent news. It has taken 20 years - but despite that it's a vital piece of infrastructure to drive forward the economic prospects of the Greater Norwich area. Well done all concerned.

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    Mick Castle

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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The Extra and Model, photo Ian Bowskill.

One of the region’s biggest events got underway today as thousands of people headed to south Norfolk for the first day of the Old Buckenham Airshow.

An farming family from Harleston are diversifying their business by building a farm shop and cafe to ensure Hill Farm continues in the family for generations to come. Nathalie Lewis her partner farmer, Kevin Renaut and his sons Josh and Matthew.

A family has taken on a new venture to make sure their farm can continue for future generations.

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Boarderhoppa bus

A community travel service which provides a vital lifeline to people in rural locations in a large swathe of Norfolk is appealing for volunteer drivers.

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Sylvia Collier, senior grant officer with the Heritage Lottery Fund with David Case, chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Work to improve the centre of Diss to make it a more enjoyable experience for visitors and residents is gathering pace as surveyors prepare to use hi-tech scanning equipment.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
The A1065 was closed for around six hours. Picture: Chris Bishop

Police are today investigating the horrific crash, which happened on the A1065 at Castle Acre, near Swaffham, yesterday.

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The Iceni Centre closes. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An attempt to revive a Breckland heritage site has failed after dwindling visitor numbers forced the owners to close the attraction.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Motorists are facing delays on the A47 at Narborough following an accident.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Melsop Farm Park owner Keith Stone is set to apply for a Zoo licence.
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The owner of a popular Norfolk petting farm has been fined for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to dispose of animal carcasses properly.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Polly Grieff and her husband Eric.  Their house Old Manor, in Saham Toney, will be on Restoration Home - one year on.  Picture: Ian Burt

It was its down-at-heel aura that first attracted Polly Grieff to the crumbling Old Manor at Saham Toney.

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