Plans For Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing

5 September 2017, 09:34 | Updated: 5 September 2017, 09:44

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People will get the chance to see and comment on the planned new road bridge across the River Yare in Great Yarmouth

There's going to be a series of local exhibitions in September.

Norfolk County Council intends to start construction on a third river crossing for the town in 2020. The bridge will link the newly-renumbered A47 (formerly A12) at the Harfreys roundabout in the Southtown area of Yarmouth to the port and the Enterprise Zones on the other side of the river. 

Further details for the bridge are now set to be revealed as part of a consultation that will launch on Monday, 4 September. The County Council is proposing a bascule lifting bridge at a height of 4.5 metres above the river and is seeking people’s views on this and any other views they may have. 

Opinions and comments gathered through the consultation will feed into the council's work to develop the project further. 

People can now view the consultation information and give their views online via and also see them in person and speak to staff involved with the project at local exhibitions in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston over the next few weeks.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “Great Yarmouth needs a third river crossing to reduce congestion on its roads, including on the existing bridges over the River Yare which get very clogged up during the rush hour and in peak tourist seasons. 

“We know the benefits a bridge will bring and we have widespread support for the project, so now we need to work on the details. We’re very interested in getting people’s thoughts on the bridge design so that we can factor these in when making decisions. This is a much-needed bridge but also a huge project using public money, so we need to be confident we’re making the best possible choices.”

The third river crossing would help to reduce traffic build-up on the town’s roads, particularly on its existing Haven and Breydon bridges over the River Yare which often become congested during the rush hour and in peak tourist seasons. It is expected that the new bridge would help to attract new businesses to the area, and grow existing ones, helping to create new jobs and regenerate the town.

The County Council finalised an outline business case in the spring which contained research and evidence aimed at convincing central government to provide funding to develop the planning application and carry out detailed surveys and design work for the third river crossing. The County Council is continuing to work with the Department for Transport regarding the business case and funding decision.

The third river crossing is part of a wider plan to transform the Great Yarmouth area over the coming years to make it easier for people to get to and around and make it a more attractive place to live, work and visit. This will help attract future investment and development to the area, creating skilled jobs, business opportunities and giving local people a better quality of life.

The consultation will close at midnight on Friday 6 October. For more information on the third river crossing and to respond to the consultation, visit