Norfolk

Great Yarmouth to have new £4.7m road to ease bottleneck

A new link road is to be built south of a Norfolk seaside town to reduce bottlenecks and congestion.

The road costing £4.7m will link Great Yarmouth's enterprise zone with the A12 and A143.

Money will come from the second wave of government Pinch Point funding designed to solve local traffic problems.

However, a scheme to ease congestion near Great Yarmouth rail station and one in a residential area of King's Lynn both failed to win funding.

Earlier Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced 62 schemes that secured a share of the £165m on offer.

He said: "The schemes we have announced are designed to target key bottlenecks around the country, making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the road network every day."

Two schemes fail

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Andy Wood said the new road would contribute to economic growth in Great Yarmouth.

"It is critical that new jobs, businesses and homes have the right infrastructure in place."

He was disappointed the second scheme in Great Yarmouth and the one in King's Lynn had been unsuccessful but would continue to work with other partners on ways of bringing these forward.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: "As well as relieving morning rush hour congestion, the link road unlocks land for up to 1,000 new homes and 15 hectares for businesses and jobs.

"The road goes through the Beacon Business Park and the county council has worked closely with Great Yarmouth Borough Council on developing the proposal.

"If all goes well it is hoped the road will open in the spring of 2015."

It was disappointing the other two bids were unsuccessful, the spokesman added

"These are both important schemes, and we will have to look for other ways to progress both these proposals."

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