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Main construction of A140 Long Stratton bypass given the go ahead by the Government

The main construction work for a bypass, which is set to cost nearly £50 million, is set to start next week after being given government approval.

Preparation work for the new A140 Long Stratton bypass has been undertaken over the last few weeks, but now that the full business plan for the project has been given the green light, the main work can start.

The estimated cost of the bypass, which will go from a new roundabout junction at Church Lane to the north, before going along the east side of the town for about about 3.9km and re-join the existing A140 near Oakside farm, is around £46.9 million.

The construction of the new A140 Long Stratton bypass is expected to take 18 months
The construction of the new A140 Long Stratton bypass is expected to take 18 months

Councillor Graham Plant, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is fantastic news for long-suffering commuters and residents in Long Stratton, and will provide an economic boost to our whole region.

"Our advance works have been progressing well and this final confirmation by government enables us to now deliver this vital new infrastructure without delay".

"The bypass is set to create hundreds of new jobs and homes, open up improvements for cycling and walking, and solve transport issues local people have been facing for more than a generation."

Councillor Alison Thomas, county councillor for Long Stratton who has been part of the campaign to get the bypass since 1996, agreed.

“I am delighted to see the main works get underway,” she said.

“Our role now will be to ensure the project is delivered as soon as possible to improve the safety and well-being of all those living, working or travelling through Long Stratton."

Construction of the road is expected to take 18 months, with the road expected to open by the end of 2025.

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