Work on Norwich Northern Distributor Road underway
Initial site clearance on the route of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) has begun, following full approval and the release of national funding that was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
The 20km dual carriageway, running from the A47 at Postwick, east of Norwich, to the A1067 north of Taverham, will take thousands of vehicles a day off congested and unsuitable roads, bringing relief to local communities and allowing a range of further 'Transport for Norwich' schemes in and around the city.
The NDR will open up access to much of Broadland and North Norfolk and to Norwich International Airport. As well as providing a high quality link around the north and east of Norwich, it will improve access to existing and planned business and housing developments, boosting the local economy by £1 billion.
Balfour Beatty, who were awarded the Early Contractor Involvement contract in 2009 (as Birse Civils) have been confirmed as the main contractor for construction. Activity along the route will be stepped up in January, including archaeology, the bulk of site clearance and utility service diversions.
The main construction work will begin around the end of March and will take place along the whole footprint of the scheme. The 20km road has been divided into seven sections for construction, which should take two years to complete.
Sign up for the NDR ‘Transport Matters’ newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/ndr.