Reaction to Autumn Budget announcement about Third River Crossing

In the 2017 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor Philip Hammond, has announced that the Government will contribute £98m to support Great's Yarmouth's Third River Crossing.

Norfolk County Council submitted a strong outline business case in the spring, and hopes to secure all the funding necessary to start construction work in 2020.

The crossing would directly link the port and Enterprise Zone to the trunk road network. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been actively supporting partnership lobbying to secure funding for this key infrastructure, which will significantly improve traffic connections, help to create thousands of jobs and unlock further business, regeneration and economic growth opportunities.

Reacting to the announcement, Cllr Graham Plant, the leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: "This fantastic news from the Government reflects huge confidence in the local and regional economies, the strength of the business case for the crossing, and the sterling lobbying work of many partners.

"As England's energy sector capital and a top UK coastal resort, Great Yarmouth has huge opportunities on the horizon.  The benefits of the crossing for our residents, businesses and visitors are significant, improving traffic connections, creating thousands of jobs and unlocking further business, regeneration and economic growth opportunities.

"This announcement is a vital step forward, and the borough council is absolutely committed to continuing to work with the county council and other partners to ensure this important piece of infrastructure does become a reality."

Read more about the crossing at www.norfolk.gov.uk/3RC

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