Long-awaited bypass receives £500,000 funding
A Government announcement confirming funding for 18 new road schemes includes £500,000 for plans for a bypass in Long Stratton.
The money, announced on Monday, will go towards helping to develop a business case for building the new road.
Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a very welcome green light from the Government for the vital A140 Long Stratton bypass.
“We have made clear that we will be seeking the majority of the estimated £29 million cost of the bypass from the Department of Transport, so it is a great step forward to get this go-ahead to move the project to the stage where full funding can be secured.”
The road – a 2.5-mile single carriageway route to the east of the town, which would form part of the A140 that links Norwich and Ipswich – will be given a share of a £100 million investment in the UK’s roads network.
Mr Wilby said the bypass will relieve traffic congestion that drivers have had to face for so many years through Long Stratton, while helping to create 625 new jobs and 1,800 new homes.
He said: “We will now start work on a detailed business case for the bypass, and are hopeful of similar positive news for three other projects that recently secured regional backing; the Norwich western link, the West Winch housing access road and a redesign of the A47/A17 Pullover junction.”
Work on the Long Stratton bypass is due to start in 2022, with the road open in 2024.
On top the £100 million announced, there will also be £25.3 billion invested in the strategic road network between 2020 and 2025.