Council set to pledge �100k for Attleborough transport study

Up to �100,000 looks set to be pledged by Breckland Council to fund an investigation into improving Attleborough's road network.

Cabinet members on Tuesday will decide whether to recommend that the council puts aside the money for a transport study which will include an in-depth look into the construction of a link road between the A11 and B1077 Buckenham Road with the aim of diverting traffic away from the town centre.

Attleborough is expected to grow by an additional 4,000 homes and gain at least 10 hectares of employment land – creating 2,000 new jobs – over the next 16 years, according to the council's recently adopted Core Strategy and Development Control Policies document.

A public consultation is currently under way into the Area Action Plan for Attleborough and Snetterton Heath which will map out how these changes take place.

Along with deciding a route and construction timetable for the link road, the transport study would support the Area Action Plan by providing a guide to how the road, rail and public transport networks can be developed to cope with extra housing.

David Spencer, principal planning policy officer at Breckland Council, said: 'The study will look at the transport network in Attleborough including the road network, possible enhancements to the railway station and long term bus provision and importantly walking and cycling around the town.

'We're currently consulting on an Area Action Plan for 4,000 homes and 2,000 new jobs for the town and it's quite clear transport is a key local issue for the community and particularly how the town centre road network will deal with the new growth.'

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Along with Breckland Council's contribution, Norfolk County Council is to provide �20,000 towards the study while the Highways Agency is expected to contribute �10,000.

Subject to approval by cabinet and then the council, the study will begin straight away and is expected to take a year.

Its management will be undertaken by a steering group consisting of representatives from Norfolk County Council, Breckland Council and the Highways Agency. Input would also be sought from Network Rail, the train operating companies, bus operators, Attleborough Town Council and the development industry.