TG2909 : Sign advertising the Northern Distributor Road

taken 3 years ago, near to Great Plumstead, Norfolk, Great Britain

Sign advertising the Northern Distributor Road
Sign advertising the Northern Distributor Road
The sign is located at a recently constructed roundabout at the start of the Northern Distributor Road, a short distance to the north-east of the Postwick Hub. For a wider view of this location see > Link.
The Northern Distributor Road (NDR)
Work for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) - which has since been renamed the Broadland Northway - started on 4 January 2016, with preliminary work including the clearance of vegetation, archaeology, utility service diversions and some drainage lagoon excavations, to be continued in 2016. Along the route there will be nine roundabouts and nine main structures including an overpass taking the A140 (Cromer Road) over the NDR. Slip roads connecting to the dual carriageway via two roundabouts will have to be constructed, along with six bridges, one taking the NDR over the Marriotts Way long distance footpath, another at Bell Farm and over the A140 road, Buxton Road, Newman Road and Middle Road. Two bridges will carry the NDR over the Norwich to Sheringham railway line and Plumstead Road, south of Rackheath.

Once complete, the 20km (12.5 miles) dual carriageway, running from the A47 road at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, is predicted to take thousands of vehicles a day off "unsuitable" roads in and around Norwich, but some people doubt whether the road will have the desired effect. Supporters say that it will be a shot in the arm for the economy and reduce rat-running, whereas critics fear it will increase traffic and pollution while causing swathes of countryside to be concreted over. The 178.5m project is expected to be complete in early 2018, and indeed its last section was opened on time, in the morning of 17 April. The new road has been assigned the number A1270.

For more detailed information read: Link
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Update: By October 2019, previously identified roosts of barbastelle bats, one of the rarest bat species in the UK seem to have disappeared in the vicinity of Felthorpe and Rackheath, with attempts to trap bats in those areas failing to land any female barbastelles and only one male specimen. Opponents of the mooted Northern Distributor Road Western Link had previously criticised the council for deciding a preferred route before bat surveys in the area were complete. The owner of a wood located on the proposed route had a Freedom Of Information request to Norfolk County Council for details of those surveys refused. (EDP, 18 October 2019)
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 June, 2016
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2923 0916 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.9050N 1:23.1572E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2923 0913
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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