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£65 million West Winch access road scheme backed by Norfolk County Council chiefs

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Multi-million pound plans for a relief road serving a village on the edge of Lynn have been approved by county council leaders today.

A series of road schemes totalling almost £130m have been backed, including a new £65m route in West Winch – despite concerns from one councillor about the construction plans.

Members of Norfolk County Council’s cabinet voted on Monday to approve a £42m programme of maintenance, 113 small highway schemes worth £715,000 and other improvements totalling £85m.

General view of the A10 at West Winch (44965434)
General view of the A10 at West Winch (44965434)

Amongst the plans is a new connection between the A47 and A10, which aims to reduce delays and lower traffic levels in West Winch.

Tom McCabe Executive Director, Community and Environmental Services said the £64.73m access road is a “much-needed piece of infrastructure” that he hoped would have the support of the local community.

The cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, Martin Wilby, agreed, saying: “The provision of the West Winch housing access road is essential to enable 4,000 homes to be developed.

Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (44788324)
Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (44788324)

“We will also provide an alternative route that will bypass the village which suffers from the impact of through traffic.”

Councillors unanimously agreed to support the Highways capital programme and West Winch access road plans.

A business case for the access road will now be submitted to the Department for Transport, who it is hoped will provide £50m of the necessary funding.

However, concerns were raised about the order the construction would take.

Under the council’s plan, 350 homes would be built on the Hardwick Green site before the access road is constructed.

Independent councillor Alexandra Kemp said she supported the plans, but the access road must come first due to an increase in accidents in the area and strain on the A10 at peak times.

Mr Wilby said he “fully supported” the plan as it stands.

Responding to the schemes, Labour’s Danny Douglas said the Conservative-led cabinet has its road priorities wrong.

“Once again the amounts being spent on anything but new roads are tiny,” he said.

“The proportions should be reversed. More should be spent on maintaining and improving safety on our existing roads, improving public transport and encouraging people to try other ways of moving themselves and goods.

“That would protect our environment and improve our quality of life.”

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