A public consultation on Norfolk County Council’s Norwich Western Link project will launch in August, with people being invited to give their views on proposals before the planning application is finalised and submitted.

The Norwich Western Link is a proposed 3.9-mile dual carriageway road that would connect the A1270 Broadland Northway to the A47 west of Norwich.

As well as improving travel between these two major routes, the new road would tackle traffic congestion and delays on the local road network and in communities and prevent them from worsening due to planned housing and job growth in Greater Norwich.

The consultation will launch on Monday, August 15 and will run until Sunday, October 9.

Cllr Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is our fourth public consultation on the Norwich Western Link and it will provide more details on the design of the route, including the viaduct over the River Wensum, as well as complementary measures being proposed as part of the project.

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure for Norfolk that will bring in national investment and make a huge positive difference to local residents, businesses, emergency services and visitors to our county. We want to submit the best possible planning application for this project and getting people’s feedback at this point will help us to do that. I hope anyone with any interest in the Norwich Western Link will look through the information contained in the consultation and give us their views so we can consider them as we finalise our proposals.”

Four events will be held during the consultation period, with information on display and members of the project team available to discuss the proposals and answer questions. There will also be opportunities for people to speak to members of the project team about the proposals via online and phone appointments.

The planning application for the project is due to be submitted next year. Subject to gaining necessary statutory approvals, construction of the Norwich Western Link is scheduled to get underway in late 2024 with the road open for use in late 2026.

Full details of the consultation, including dates, times and venues of the live events can be found here.

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