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Sites investigated for proposed Long Stratton bypass project

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Norfolk County Council has started site investigations to assist its proposals on building a bypass at Long Stratton.

Work on the estimated £29m project, which started last Monday in fields east of the A140, will comprise archaeological digs, surveys of existing drainage, underground services, soil sampling and testing.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “I am delighted that work is progressing on this much needed and long anticipated new road.

Norfolk County Councillor Martin Wilby.
Norfolk County Councillor Martin Wilby.

“There is a long way to go but there is strong support for the road both politically and from the local community and the proposed bypass has the potential to deliver planned growth whilst also removing congestion from the town.”

The bypass, if approved, will be a single carriageway road from a new junction at Church Lane in the north, running two-and-a-half miles south, before rejoining the existing A140 just south of Oakside Farm.

The current works are said to help proposals which are being developed for the submission of revised planning applications to South Norfolk District Council.

It is also hoped the council will successfully submit an Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport to bid for Major Road Network funding to help deliver the project.

Cllr Wilby has said previously that the bypass will relieve traffic congestion that drivers have had to face for so many years through Long Stratton.

It is also estimated the project will help to create 625 new jobs and 1,800 new homes in the process.

In October 2019, the scheme received £500,000 from central government to help the council develop its business case for building the new road.

The current investigation work is set to continue until mid-September and, if all approved, work on the bypass is scheduled to start in 2022, with the road opening in 2024.

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