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15 March 2016, 13:40
Lowestoft is to get a third crossing over Lake Lothing.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, during a visit to Felixstowe Port ahead of the Chancellor's budget speech tomorrow.
Leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr Colin Noble said: “This is a great moment for the people of Lowestoft and Suffolk. I am very pleased to hear the news that we have been given the go-ahead for our business case. We can now plough on with developing this project further and move towards construction. This is a massive piece of work and is likely to cost around £80 - £100million. In addition to the £70million from the government, we will work to source the remaining money from local funding sources. It will provide vital regional infrastructure for Suffolk and the wider eastern counties as people and businesses move through Lowestoft to access the growing enterprise zone with its array of business and development opportunities.”
The proposed crossing will be in a central location, following a north/south route from a new roundabout on Denmark Road, spanning both the railway and Lake Lothing, connecting with Riverside Road on the south side. The proposed crossing will link the existing northern spine road with southern link road. Featuring a carriageway with provision for footways and cycle tracks, the crossing will link to existing networks. The choice of a central corridor for the third crossing will enable traffic to move between the Northern Spine Road (Peto Way) and the Southern Link Road (Tom Crisp Way) without the need to use either of the existing bridges.
MP for Waveney, Peter Aldous said: "After many years of campaigning and decades of promises, and a recent petition signed by over 10,000 people, this is the news that Lowestoft has been waiting to hear. The Prime Minister promised this prior to the last General Election, committing the Government to a new crossing by 2020. Now with this pledge of £70 million we have the funding in place to get on with the detail planning to finally bring about a 3rd Crossing over Lake Lothing and the positive impact this will have on the local economy."
Leader of Waveney District Council, Cllr Colin Law said: “This is one of the most important announcements in the history of the town and I could not be more delighted. This is for the people, communities and businesses of Lowestoft who have campaigned for a new crossing and who have shared our determination to see it become a reality. There is still much work to be done, however this is the green light that we all dreamed of.”