Great Yarmouth/ Lowestoft: Almost £10million For New Roads

31 May 2013, 13:08 | Updated: 31 May 2013, 16:04

Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft have been given close to £10million to spend on building new roads to cut congestion.

The funding is from the Local Pinch Point Fund, which is a bond set up by the Department for Transport to help tackle the worst areas for congestion in the country.

£4.7 million is going to be spent in Great Yarmouth to build a new road linking the A12 and the A143.  It's hoped that will open up the area to new businesses and new housing.

Meanwhile, Lowestoft has also got a sizeable chunk of the government cash.  It's getting £4.6 million for a new road with a shared walk/cycleway between the Millennium Way/Bentley Drive roundabout and north of the Blundeston Road junction on the A12.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: “It is very good news that this bid has been successful.

"The Northern Spine Road is an important component part of the Lowestoft Transport Prospectus that will improve access to and around the town and will help bring jobs and business to the area.”

The MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis said: “The link road will vastly help traffic flow and convenience - making Great Yarmouth more attractive to businesses who wish to move here.

"This is another sign from the Government that Great Yarmouth's position as a hub for offshore energy is well worth investment - I look forward to the completion of the work and the growth and business it will attract.”

The Pinch Point Fund received over 170 bids for more than £400 million of government funding to help their roads.