Norwich: Final Plans For Dual Carriageway North of Norwich

The final plans have been revealed for a dual carriageway to the north of Norwich.

The proposals for the Northern Distributor Road, as it's being known, are expected to be agreed by Norfolk County Council's Cabinet next Monday.

People living around the villages affected by the new road have been having their say on the ideas for the last year and Norfolk County Council say they have taken their views into account.  £5 million of changes have been made to the original plans to incorporate solutions for concerns raised by some people.

The whole project is expected to cost £130 million with £86 million coming from the government.

Norfolk County Council say they hope it will take people off rat-runs through small villages and speed up journeys for people wanting to go around the city rather than through it.

If the plans do get the go ahead from Norfolk County Council's cabinet, work will start on getting planning permission.  The Council have decided not to take it through the normal planning route but to use the government's new legislation that allows big infrastructure projects to go straight to a planning inquiry.

If everything were to go the County Council's way, then work on the dual carriageway could start as early as 2015.

Mike Jackson from Norfolk County Council spoke to Heart's Hannah Griffiths about the plans:

NDR - Mike Jackson from Norfolk County Council talks to Heart

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