UK Planning Inspectorate to examine application for £120m Great Yarmouth bridge


The £120m Great Yarmouth bridge project across River Yare in the UK is set for completion by 2023 with the UK Planning Inspectorate taking up the application submitted by Norfolk County Council for examination.

The Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing will link the A47 at Harfrey’s Roundabout on the western side of the river with South Denes Road and the port, including the outer harbour, and Enterprise Zone on the eastern side.

Planning Inspectorate CEO Sarah Richards said: “We have considered very carefully the application submitted by Norfolk County Council and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination.

“Of course, this does not mean that consent has been given for the project to go ahead - acceptance of the application simply means that the Examining Authority can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application.”

The Norfolk County Council will now invite people who are interested in the proposal by making a relevant representation to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party.

Richards added: “Shortly, the public will be invited to register as interested parties in this proposal, giving them their first opportunity to make formal representations to the Inspectorate whether they object to or support the project.”

In January 2019, Norfolk County Council awarded a contract to BAM Farrans, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Farrans Construction, to work on the final design and construction of the Third River Crossing.

BAM Farrans will work with the project team at the county council to finalise the detailed design and construction requirements for the bridge.

Construction is expected to commence by the end of 2020 after securing development consent. The bridge is planned to be operational by early 2023.

The government has recognised the Third River Crossing as a nationally significant infrastructure project.

Additionally, the Department for Transport has so far provided £98m funding to Norfolk County Council towards the project.

Image: Rendering of Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing. Photo: Courtesy of BAM Nuttall Ltd.

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