Norwich Northern Distributor Road

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Scheme details

Timescale
2015-2018
Status
Under construction
Type
New road for use by all traffic
Cost
£ 178.9m
Authority
Norfolk County Council
Region: East of England
Finance
Norfolk CC/Central Government
Length
20 km
12 miles

Construction of a new dual two-lane road across the northern fringe of Norwich, from the A47 in the east to the A1067 north-west of the city. This is a distributor road designed to relieve communities on the north-east fringes of Norwich, serve new developments, open up access to large parts of Broadland, North Norfolk and Norwich International Airport, and reduce congestion in Norwich itself, where it is a key project in the Transport for Norwich strategy.

Together with the existing A47 southern bypass, it will provide an almost-complete circuit of the city, but it's unlikely the circuit will be completed with a further road to the west of Norwich as this would pass through an environmentally sensitive area.

Birse Civils, now Balfour Beatty Civils, were awarded the Early Contractor Involvement Stage 1 Contract in February 2009 after a full competitive tendering process that began in early 2008. Balfour Beatty are recommended for Stage 2, the construction phase, scheduled to begin in the autumn/winter of 2015.

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Progress

6 April 2009 Funding from the Regional Transport Board has been provided, but will not be available until 2012. A public enquiry will be held in 2011 with work starting in 2012 if approved. Completion date now in early 2015.
25 December 2009 The Govenment confirms (16th December) that the road is given funding and thus programme entry. It is worth noting that it is now due to terminate in the west at the A140, not the A1067 as proposed by Norfolk County Council, and therefore is only 11km long rather than the 20km originally planned.
30 October 2010 Following the autumn spending review, this scheme has been allocated to the DfT's development group. It will therefore undergo further scrutiny before a final decision is made on whether or not to proceed.
14 December 2011
3 June 2015 Development consent has been granted by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
30 November 2015 Development consent granted June 2015. Full national funding announced in Chancellor's Autumn statement 25/11/15. Preliminary works will begin in December 2015, with the main site clearance in early 2016 before main construction begins around the end of March 2016. The road will open to traffic towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.
4 April 2016 Project moving from preliminary works, including archaeology, wildlife mitigation measures, fencing and clearance, to full construction, starting with bulk earthworks.
20 September 2016 According to an up to date OS map of Postwick, the new road has been assigned the number A1270.

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More information

Official website
Norfolk County Council: Norwich Northern Distributor Road

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With thanks to Mike Hindson-Evans, Robert Guthrie, Peter Brookes, John Birchall and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 24 March 2017.