‘A massive, massive benefit’ - Town pleased Third River Crossing will go ahead
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Businesses have hailed the green light for the Great Yarmouth third river crossing as “fantastic for the borough”.
On Thursday, September 24, the government announced planning approval for a third bridge to span the River Yare - at long last connecting Harfreys Industrial Estate with the port.
For director at Peel Ports in Great Yarmouth, Richard Goffin, the bridge will guarantee economic expansion - both locally and regionally.
He said: “We are delighted at the news, and are pleased to see continued and collaborative work undertaken between council, local businesses and port users.
“It’s resulted in a positive outcome for Great Yarmouth - and will ensure the bridge maximises its potential for the region’s economic growth.”
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He said: “The news is absolutely brilliant. It will have a massive, massive benefit on Great Yarmouth - and the whole Eastern region.
“It will link up the energy coast with the Midlands via the A47 at Harfreys Roundabout.
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“It’ll be beneficial for tourists too - because there’ll be so much less congestion on the roads.
“Jobs will be created in the building process and afterwards. I think it will be essential in guaranteeing prosperity for the future of Great Yarmouth.”
For borough councillor Mike Smith-Ward, the project is more important than ever after the disappointing blow to A47 Acle Straight dualling.
He said: “Our town needs appropriate infrastructure in place to grow our economy, and facilitate sustainable all year round employment.
“A key part of that is transport and ease of access.
“It’s such a pity the Acle Straight won’t be in a position to match this new development, as the last thing Great Yarmouth needs is the promise of a brand new jigsaw with the final piece missing.”
Albert Jones, managing director of the Pleasure Beach, is inclined to agree.
“Without the Acle Straight being dualled, we need anything we can get in terms of reducing congestion for visitors. So the crossing going ahead is fantastic news”, he said.
“Traffic coming down the A47 won’t have to cross via the southern bridge, and it’s going to make getting around the borough easier for everyone.”