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Re: third river crossing at Great Yarmouth

Postby hank » Tue May 24, 2016 9:35 am

Warnings have been made mistakes over the Norwich Northern Distributor Road should not be repeated with the Third Great Yarmouth River Crossing as Norfolk county councillors backed the scheme this morning. Estimated to cost around £140m without inflation, and 10pc of the bill footed locally, the bid for an initial round of funding will now be submitted to the Department for Transport by the end of the month.
If approved, it is expected the crossing, providing a link between the trunk road network and the expanding port and South Denes Enterprise Zone sites, will be completed by 2021 or 2022.
Conservative Stuart Clancy, for Taverham, told the environment, development and transport committee this morning: “We need to get the costing right this time. We do not want a repeat of getting to the point of having a contract signed with a shortfall of around £30m or £40m. We have seen it recently where we did not get it right, but got away with it by the skin of our teeth”
Labour’s Colleen Walker, for Magdalen ward, said she “would not be a dormouse” in keeping pressure up in support of the crossing.
“The important thing here is about delivering the goods,” she said. “If we do not do this for Great Yarmouth, Norfolk fails. For as long as I remember, since I was a schoolgirl, we have talked about dualling the Acle Straight, and we have had many, many years of broken promises. We are trying to keep politics out of it and do what is best for Norfolk. I do not apologise for being a Rottweiler on this issue. The future of our children depends on this.”
The single voice of dissent against the scheme was Green councillor Andrew Boswell, for Nelson ward.
“There will be no surpises I am the lone voice in all of this,” he said. “I am concerned about taking this step now and committing a lot of money in the future. The experience from last year tells us we cannot control what contractors will do. I can see this costing up to £200m, meaning £20m from the county council or the LEP. With other schemes like the NDR still being built, I am doubtful we have the capacity to commit the money to this downstream. 
“This is also a diversion from integrated sustainable transport projects in the city. We should be seeking alternatives in Great Yarmouth like park and ride and good public transport to address some of the congestion problems in Yarmouth now.”
UKIP’s Jonathon Childs, for East Flegg, challenged Mr Boswell to come test out the traffic network in Great Yarmouth for himself, while Mr Boswell cited Germany as a public transport aspiration.
“We need infrastructure,” said Mr Childs. “Companies are pulling out of Great Yarmouth, and we have this huge port that you can’t get out of. Keep all of your green infrastructure and come and live in reality.”
The initial funding bid for £965,000 for scheme development work will be submitted by May 31 after councillors voted to support the plan.
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Re: third river crossing at Great Yarmouth

Postby hank » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:26 pm

People have less than two weeks remaining to respond to a public consultation on transport issues in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, which particularly seeks to establish how much support there is for a third river crossing for the towns. Since Norfolk County Council launched the consultation at the end of November 2016, more than 250 people have given their views, both online and at a series of consultation events that have taken place in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
The information gathered through the consultation will be used to help support the council’s case for more investment in transport infrastructure in the area.
The final three consultation events are due to take place over the next 10 days. These events are open to everyone on a drop-in basis and give people the opportunity to talk to representatives from the County Council about its proposal to build a third road bridge across the River Yare, as well as the town’s wider transport needs. People can also respond to the consultation while at these events, which should take around 10 minutes to complete.

Details of the final consultation events are as follows:

• Saturday 21 January, 10am - 2pm, Gorleston Library.
• Thursday, 26 January, 10am – 4pm, Great Yarmouth Town Hall.
• Saturday, 28 January, 10am – 3pm, Great Yarmouth Library.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “We’ve had a good response to the consultation so far, but I want more people to tell us their thoughts before the consultation closes at the end of January.
“I want us to be in the strongest possible position to demonstrate what and where investment is needed to ease congestion in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. We hope we can use the information gathered through the consultation to help us secure funding to make it easier to get to and around the Yarmouth area. This is obviously good for people living and working there, but it should also pay dividends for Great Yarmouth’s future prosperity.”
The third river crossing proposal is just one way in which Norfolk County Council and its partners are seeking to transform the Great Yarmouth area over the next few years to make it easier for people to get to and around, and make it a more attractive place to live, work and visit. This will help attract future investment and development to the area, creating skilled jobs, business opportunities and giving local people a better quality of life.
Anyone can respond to the consultation by answering a series of questions online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/TRC, which should take around 10 minutes to complete. The consultation will close at midnight on Tuesday, 31 January.
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