Octavius Infrastructure has been selected by Norfolk County Council to construct the long-awaited bypass of Long Stratton in England, UK. 

The bypass, a single-carriageway road, will begin at a new junction at Church Lane to the north and extend approximately 3.9km southwards, rejoining the existing A140 road near Oakside Farm.  

It is anticipated to enhance regional development, as well as alleviate traffic congestion and unlock economic potential in the area. 

This development is a component of the council’s Joint Core Strategy and the Long Stratton Area Action Plan, aiming to facilitate housing and employment growth in Norfolk. 

Norfolk County Council, in partnership with South Norfolk Council, Norfolk Homes, and Norfolk Land, has jointly developed proposals for the route. 

The overall cost of delivering the route is estimated at £46.9m ($59.57m). 

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Norfolk County Council Highways, Infrastructure and Transport cabinet member and councillor Graham Plant said: “The 3.9km road will not only solve the transport issues caused by the bottleneck on the A140 – which is a major local route – but also open up improvements for cycling and walking in and around the town.”  

The project’s initial preparation phase is set for the upcoming months, with main construction work scheduled to commence soon after.

Minimal vegetation removal is expected, and to ensure public and contractor safety, temporary road closures and traffic management will be implemented as needed.  

These closures are planned to be enforced strictly, when necessary, with roads otherwise remaining open. 

A temporary traffic regulation order will be in effect.  

Octavius Highways managing director Gavin Pritchard said: “We are delighted to be working with Norfolk County Council on such a key project, bringing significant benefits to the Long Stratton community and the wider transport network.”