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First section of Norwich's Northern Distributor Road set to open

The first section of Norwich's £178 million Northern Distributor Road will be opened tomorrow morning.

The section linking the A1067 Fakenham Road to the A140 Cromer Road is opening 4 months ahead of schedule.

Norwich's new NDR Credit: ITV Anglia

The opening of the 6 km of dual carriageway will happen in the early hours of Saturday.

This section of the route includes roundabouts at Fir Covert Road, Reepham Road and Drayton Lane, and signs will be going up to warn drivers to expect traffic to be on the NDR.

Route of the new NDR section Credit: ITV Anglia

For eastbound traffic (heading towards the A140 Cromer Road), the carriageway will be reduced to a single lane on the final section from Drayton Lane to the A140 Cromer Road.

This is because it will all have to leave at the slip road to join the A140. Otherwise, the newly-opened road will be available as a normal part of the road network, with the national speed limit (70mph) on the dual carriageway.

"This is a terrific achievement and means that a significant part of the route will open to traffic around four months ahead of the original schedule. There's growing confidence in the construction team that a further stretch all the way to the A1151 Wroxham Road will be open around Christmas or soon after the turn of the year, and that the whole of Norwich NDR will be open as planned in the Spring."

– Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council

"We are delighted to be completing the western section of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road ahead of schedule, which will deliver immediate benefits to the local community and travelling public including reduced congestion and a more streamlined route between the A1067 Fakenham Road and the A140 Cromer Road."

– Chris Sedman, Balfour Beatty

Click below to watch our aerial pictures of the new stretch of road