Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Norwich Western Link Update

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 08 July 2019 14:19

Ensuring that Norwich has the transport infrastructure it needs is one of Chloe’s key priorities for the local area. In her absence, while she is on maternity leave, her office is pleased to share the following information regarding the Norwich Western Link.

Chloe has previously said I have personally been a big supporter of the Northern Distributor Road and the Western Link to create a complete northern link from the west of Norwich to the business park to the east. This complete link will allow traffic to flow better around the north of Norwich; this will allow businesses to benefit from quicker transportation times, which means more investment and more jobs, and it will help people simply to get about more easily in their everyday lives."

Norfolk County Council wants to create a Norwich Western Link to improve travel between the A47 and the western end of Broadland Northway (formerly the Northern Distributor Road) and to tackle transport problems in the area.

Between November 2019 and January 2019 Norfolk County Council held a public consultation on their shortlist of four potential road options for the Norwich Western Link. Having considered the consultation responses alongside other information including transport benefits, environmental effects, value for money and impacts on local communities the Council have recommended Option C, a new 3.9 mile dual carriageway road which you can see on the map below.

While this recommendation still needs to be approved by Councillors on the County Council’s Cabinet, it is considered the best possible route as it balances the issues that the project needed to address, including limiting environmental impacts, having a high cost-to-benefit ratio, reducing congestion on existing roads, and minimising the impact on communities and properties.

If you would like to read the full report on the Norwich Western Link that County Council Councillors will consider at the Cabinet meeting then click here.