Work on £19m Postwick hub on A47 in Norwich set to receive a ceremonial start

Postwick Hub aerial. Picture: Mike Page Postwick Hub aerial. Picture: Mike Page

Monday, May 5, 2014
7:00 AM

Long-delayed construction work on the A47 Postwick junction is due to be launched on Friday.

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The £19m project, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass, will be given a ceremonial start by Hilary Cox, chairman of Norfolk County Council.

Proponents say the scheme will bring a major boost to the local economy, and the council said it would release land for 1,600 homes, plus unlock some £80m of private investment and the potential for 5,000 jobs.

The improved junction will also provide a suitable connection to the A47 for the planned Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), if permission is granted.

The application for development consent for the NDR has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and will be examined under Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project procedures, beginning this summer.

The Postwick Hub improvement was first allocated government funding five years ago. Since then, a start on site has been delayed by legal challenges to the planning consent, a change of government, and a public inquiry into the Slip Road and Side Road Orders, which were finally approved by the secretaries of state earlier this year.

The main work will start on the site on Monday, May 12, a milestone which Mrs Cox will mark with a ceremonial breaking of the ground by a digger at 12.30pm on Friday, May 9.

The proposals have been controversial.

Speaking after the Department for Transport released £19m needed for the project last month, Denise Carlo from the Norwich and Norfolk Transport Action Group said: “We are concerned about work starting but the inconvenience people will have to put up with will carry on because the outcome is going to be so bad that people will be inconvenienced forever more.”

However, speaking in April, David Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “It has taken a long, long time to reach this point, but we can at last look forward to work starting on site. Lack of capacity at this junction has been stifling nearby businesses and housing development for

years.”

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23 comments

  • Michael, the airport is a nightmare to get to because it was never integrated, despite prescott making transport integration his big thing in 1997, as for the other showers building a new bus station in the centre rather than next to the train station, they are bereft of ideas. You have to ask the political parties why they have screwed up Norwich's infrstructure so badly, but carrying on with more doughnut develoment, at the expense of City centre businesses, is what is not needed.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Old Long.... I think most of us are on planet Earth with an element of vision for the future, not always looking back into the "Good Old Days" when we used to herd cattle the length of the Acle New Rd to take them to market, things have moved on slightly, just think, without progress you would not have been able to post your comments, it would still be tied to the pigeons leg.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Old long you are just the sort of person who is holding Norfolk back in the 1950's. Where do you want young kids to go to get work while you tend your flowers ? The world has moved on and for all the old complainers on here let me just remind you of the grid lock before the southern bypass was built.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • It's the same old story from the Norfolk Ludites. The airport is a nightmare to get to and North Norfolk is stuck in a time warp because of the hassle of driving south via the A11 or East on the A47. Norfolk needs people not old miserable sods who are anti any development until they hit the graveyard.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I honestly can't believe some of these comments, just what planet are some of these people living? The way things are being set up spell major gridlock, water shortages and ruination of a large part of Norfolk. I urge some of these people who are pro to do some serious studying and not just come up with the first thing that enters their minds, that's what NCC do.

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    Old Long Balls

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I can remember the ring road before the Southern bypass was built, almost constant queuing traffic, the NDR will eaise the pressure on the Northern ring road. It must join up with the A47 at Easton to make it a total success. The City needs thousands for new homes and services, the road network must be improved.

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    Tone the moan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Clintergate - wake up and stop the propaganda. The NDR will be nothing like the Southern bypass. There will be lots of roundabouts all along the new road. This means lots of stopping and accelerating which increases pollution - both emissions and noise too. Travel east along the to the new junction to go into Norwich and you will still leave by a single lane slip road before encountering no fewer than 4 new roundabouts. How will this increase capacity of the road?? Want to get into the park and ride from the same direction and it is a nightmare! I would welcome an improvement but this junction and road is not it. Like the half baked NDR which will only go half way which is not what any of us wanted and said we would support.

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    andy

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Old long.... Work it out for yourself. Most of the traffic on the new NDR will be the vehicles in low gear now stuck at the lights and intersections on the inner ring road. In traffic like that the pollution is higher whereas the vehicles travelling on the new link will be producing less emissions per mile. Would you like to return to the days before the southern bypass?

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    Michael Clintergate

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • We are all going to get exactly what we ignore and what others have asked for, more of the same. Its a ludicrous route and an unsustainable project by an unsustainable NCC that cannot maintain or service the existing road surfaces, one look at the dirt on vital road signs around the county shows their lack of care.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • 'Less Pollution' Michael Clintergate? How the devil do you work that one out? When there are going to be thousands of more vehicles.

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    Old Long Balls

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I think the moaners look at other ring roads and bypasses and know which ones work.They might also, if they are like me, look at the botches the Highways Agency has backed in Norfolk- the traffic jammers like the Gapton mess on the A12, the inadequacy that is the Breydon Bridge roundabout, the Honingham roundabout; the killer junctions they have created on the A47 or allowed to persist-Drayton Hall Lane, Burlingham, Wood Lane etc. And the incompetence of NCC when it comes to roads under their control-the QE2 roundabout which jams traffic up as far back as Setch at the worst times, the junctions on roads made increasingly dangerous by traffic from new developments etc. This is our money going to fund a system we suspect of being simply to permit development, which not everyone is convinced there is a need for. If the economy remains depressed and young people have an uncertain future, maybe they wont be having kids-especially middle class young people.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Mick, youre spot with your comment. If the nay sayers had their way we'd all still be moving around on horse and cart. Some people are never happy unless they have something moan about!

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Agree with you Mick. It appears most comments are always negative towards any sort of progress. The city needs a decent arterial route to eliminate the gridlock on the inner ring road. This work will bring jobs, housing and less pollution.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • MickB1. Spot on, it seems the moaners come out of the woodwork at the first mention of any development. Let's get the NDR built, but on the proviso it is a complete road, not just 90%.

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    Mr T

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • For Gods sake you lot, get a life and stop moaning. it seems like any improvement of any kind in this region its the same old people making comments just for the sake of moaning about something....You all sound like Victor Meldrew.

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    MickB1

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Is this a repeat of the Kings Lynn incinerator? The "Road to Nowhere" is a pet scheme of the last incompetent Tory Council and needs scraping without delay. Still they have never worried about spending other peoples money. A waste of money by any definition used.

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    Norfolkman

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Anyone heard of London's car park the M25, Watch this space.

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    gerry mitson

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Anyone considered what the consequences of joining a major new road to this scheme will be? The planned traffic flows of the NDR hitting this folly will be horrendous. The NDR will become a big new car park for cars waiting to get onto the A47 (or leaving it), making the business park a nightmare to get into or out of. That should drive away investment quite nicely. Rather than get into the traffic jam, drivers will opt to get off the NDR and cause more jams around Norwich than there are now. What an expensive folly!!!

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    andy

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • This junction will not increase capacity at all. It is still only one lane off the A47 if heading east. Then drivers will have two more roundabouts to queue at and increase pollution whilst doing so. And of course there will be plenty of traffic lights to queue at too. Is there any truth in the story that those who planned it have their pay linked to total spend they are supposedly 'responsible' for?

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    andy

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Dear EDP as a service to your readers a blow by blow lane by lane update of disruption that we as council tax payers are funding would be appreciated. Already resigning myself to using Sprowston P&R. What a folly this is, what a folly the NDR is going to prove to be. What a scandal the long term handling of the current road network should have been. If that job had been done properly there would have been little case for an NDR. As much as I loathe the notion of a Fakenham Road to A47 link road that is probably the only and piece of new road really needed.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Looking at the plan of the junction all I can think is what are the councillors and planners on...

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • No mention, in the article, about the 72 weeks of disruption.

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    Sugarbeet

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • What a lot of money when other more necessary projects are having to close. Another NCC pet project.

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    Alharry

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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