Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing is one of Norfolk County Council’s most significant infrastructure development projects in recent years and will integrate with several other local development projects set to transform the town of Great Yarmouth.
The Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing will link the A47 at Harfrey’s roundabout to the port and the enterprise zone on the other side of the river. The bridge will ease traffic congestion on the town’s roads, shortening journey times and improving journey reliability, as well as supporting wider plans and work to maximise investment, regeneration and economic growth opportunities in the town and wider borough.
Construction work is set to begin early in January 2021, with more than 50 local employment and training opportunities being created by the main contractor BAM Farrans and the wider supply chain during the delivery of the project, leaving a lasting legacy for the local area and its people.
BAM Farrans Joint Venture Project Director Tony Mulholland said “We’re thrilled to be involved with the construction of Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing, which will offer in excess of 50 employment and training opportunities for job seekers, students, graduates and apprentices through ourselves and our supply chain within Norfolk.
“Whilst constructing the new lifting bridge, our positive presence in Great Yarmouth will be felt through our community engagement, local recruitment and local spend. We will be working with local schools to involve children in the project and will be encouraging local businesses to become part of the supply chain, playing an important role in the construction of this iconic bridge. We will be working with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Chamber to provide more details on these opportunities in the coming weeks.”
Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport said: “I’m delighted to see work on the long awaited Third River Crossing get underway and the commitment BAM Farrans have made to supporting the local economy.
“As well as providing jobs, it will make it much easier for people living and working in the borough to get around and provide crucial support to the town’s key industries, including those linked to the offshore energy and maritime sectors, tourism and manufacturing. This is more important than ever now as we seek to help Norfolk’s economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I’m pleased to see construction of the much-needed third crossing in Great Yarmouth get udnerway. The crossing will open up key land for redevelopment, helping to maximise the potential of the harbour and the industries which it supports, particularly our world-leading energy sector.”
The welcome news of works beginning in January 2021, follows an official letter from the Department for Transport, received by Norfolk County Council on Wednesday 25 November 2020, which confirmed the approval of the government contribution of £98 million, coinciding with the Chancellor’s Spending Review, enabling the construction of the new bridge following the conclusion of a year-long development consent order process.
The project is expected to cost £121 million overall, with the remainder of funding coming from local sources.