Final phase of Norwich Northern Distributor Road opens


UK-based infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, in partnership with Norfolk County Council, has announced opening of the third and final phase of the A1270 Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR) in the UK.

The NNDR, to be known as the Broadland Northway, is expected to reduce congestion around the city of Norwich and provide improved access across the county for local residents.

Under the scheme, 20km of dual carriageway was constructed, including 13 roundabouts and eight bridges.

The final 5.25km section, from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the Postwick Hub and the A47, completes the new dual carriageway around the north and east of Norwich.

The full route runs from the A1067 Fakenham Road, north-west of Norwich, to the A47 at Postwick, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass.

During the construction, 29 balancing ponds were built to store water run-off from the new road, seven bat bridges were created, native aquatic and marginal plants were planted in wildlife ponds, and new homes in the form of hibernaculums, owl boxes and bat houses were created for wildlife.

Balfour Beatty’s team of 17 STEM ambassadors have also attended schools and colleges across Norwich to educate young people on the career opportunities available within the construction sector.

The company said work will continue on the surrounding areas, including drainage lagoons, verges, cycle tracks and bridleways.

Traffic management will also be needed later in 2018 to complete permanent sound-proofing on the bridge over the Norwich to Sheringham railway.

The first two phases were opened ahead of schedule in 2017 – phase one (from the A1067 Fakenham Road to the A140 Cromer Road) in November 2017 and phase two (from Cromer Road to the A1151 Wroxham Road) just before Christmas.

The £205m A1270 Broadland Northway, including the new A47 junction at Postwick, was developed by Norfolk County Council with the backing of the Greater Norwich Growth Board authorities (Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk) and New Anglia LEP.

The government has contributed more than £98m for the project, including £96.49m specific grant for the Postwick Hub and the 13km from Postwick to the A140 Cromer Road and Norwich Airport.

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