Published: Tuesday, 17th April 2018
The final section of the £205m Broadland Northway, known as the NDR during its development, is now open to traffic.
This 5.25km section, from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the Postwick Hub and the A47, completes the 19.5km of new dual carriageway around the north and east of Norwich.
Broadland MP Keith Simpson officially marked its completion by cutting Union Jack bunting stretched across one carriageway, accompanied by representatives of Norfolk County, Broadland, South Norfolk and Norwich City Councils and new Anglia LEP and constructors, Balfour Beatty.
The whole of the route is in the Broadland District. Leader of Broadland District Council, Andrew Proctor, said:
"We look forward to faster, more reliable journey times for our residents, sites for new homes becoming more viable and, specifically, a welcome boost for our economy."
The first two phases were opened ahead of schedule last year. The wet and at times very cold winter – including the Beast from the East – meant that the target of having final phase open by the end of March was just missed.
Martin Wilby, Chairman of the County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, described the road as “an important piece in Norfolk’s infrastructure jigsaw that will help secure a better, brighter and more prosperous future for Norfolk.”
Although the main carriageways are complete and open, work will be continuing on the surrounding areas. Later in the year lane closures will be necessary on some parts of the route to repair damage caused to bare earth banks by wet weather and to complete permanent sound proofing on the bridge over the Norwich to Sheringham railway.
More planting will take place in the autumn.