1. ITV Report

Consultation opens over Norwich NDR's 'missing link'

A consultation has opened into whether Norfolk's so-called "missing link" should be filled in to tackle transport issues to the west of Norwich.

It comes after completion of the Northern Distributor Road, which is now called Broadland Northway.

There have been calls for it to join up with the A47 in the west - one option the public are now being asked for their views on.

The consultation also asks people to identify any other options they think could tackle transport issues in the area. These include improving public transport and improving existing routes as well as an option to do nothing.

"We’ve been hearing for some time now that many people are concerned about rat-running, congestion and other problems on roads and in communities to the west of the city.

"This combined with some major changes planned in the area, including dualling of a nearby stretch of the A47 and the food hub at Easton, is why the council has made delivering a Norwich Western Link between the Fakenham Road and the A47 one of its infrastructure priorities.

“While we have lots of informal feedback, this is the first time we have carried out a public consultation about transport issues in this area and what, if anything, people think we should do about them."

– Cllr Martin Wilby
The Northern Distributor Road is now known as Broadland Northway. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The consultation will be open for eight weeks. During this time, people will be able to respond to the consultation online or at nine staffed consultation events.

• Ringland Village Hall, Thursday 10 May • Hockering Village Hall , Thursday 17 May • Hall for all, Weston Longville, Tuesday 22 May • Easton Village Hall, Thursday 31 May • Taverham Village Hall , Tuesday 5 June • The Forum, Norwich, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June • Costessey Community Centre, Monday 18 June • Hellesdon Parish Office, Tuesday 26 June

All the consultation events will run between 10.30am and 8pm with the exception of the event at Taverham Village Hall which will finish at 7pm.

The consultation will close at midnight at Tuesday, 3 July. The council will analyse the responses over the summer and let people know the results later this year and what, if anything, it proposes to do to tackle any of the transport issues identified.