Council ready to submit £50 million funding bid for West Winch relief road
Plans to submit a multi-million pound funding bid to build a relief road for a village near Lynn have been outlined.
Norfolk County Council officials say they want to submit proposals to the Government to fund the project at West Winch, which would enable the development of thousands of new homes in the area.
And a report published this afternoon said the current aim is for the route to be open in five years' time.
The West Winch Housing Access Road (WWHAR) is expected to cost around £65 million and would create a new connection between the A47 and the A10.
It would also include a new roundabout where it joins the A47, plus dualling of the A47 between the new junction and the Hardwick roundabout.
The new report, which is due to go before members of the authority's ruling cabinet on March 8, said: "The opportunity has arisen to bid for significant government funding to build the road from the Department for Transport (DfT) Major Road Network (MRN) fund.
"A Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) has been prepared which we would like to submit at the earliest opportunity."
The bid seeks around £50 million of funding from the Government, with the rest being generated locally.
The business case argues that the road would generate overall economic benefits of more than £100 million in future development alone and has the potential to offer high value for money.
The road is seen as being essential to enabling the development of around 4,000 new homes in the area, as is anticipated in West Norfolk Council's current local plan.
The county council hopes to submit a planning application for the route early next year, with the aim of securing funding from the Department of Transport by the end of 2023.
The first motorists could be driving along the road in the summer of 2026.
Martin Wilby, the county council's cabinet member for transport, said today: "We’re continuing to invest in a range of projects and are seeking to secure government funding for specific high priority schemes.
"This will help keep the county moving and will support the recovery of our economy in the years ahead.”