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 on the Third River Crossing 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.
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 GBP 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 GBP 121 million overall, with the remainder of funding coming from local sources.
The BAM Farrans Joint Venture will begin with the upgrading of William Adams Way and the construction of the new roundabout. This will involve three night-time closures of William Adams Way between Suffolk Road and Beccles Road between 8pm and 6am on Friday 8 January to Monday 11 January 2021, to facilitate the safe removal of the existing pedestrian overbridge.
A pedestrian diversion will be in place throughout the works and the finished project will see a number of walking and cycling improvements, including the installation of a new pedestrian crossing on Williams Adam Way.
A temporary 30mph speed restriction will be in place along William Adams Way from Monday 11 January 2021 and will remain in place for the duration of the project.
In addition to the works on William Adams Way, works will also commence at the junction of Queen Anne’s Road/Southtown Road in January. BAM Farrans Joint Venture will be reopening the junction onto the Southtown Road to allow access to be maintained when the existing Queens Anne’s junction onto Suffolk Road is permanently closed to vehicles and pedestrians from June 2021.