The Greater Norwich Growth Board have provided a significant contribution of £10m, to help bring forward the construction of the Long Stratton Bypass.
This project will deliver a long-awaited bypass on the eastern side of the town, which will cut congestion and increase journey time confidence, improve the town centre environment, and support the local economy. The new A140 bypass will be a single carriageway road that will provide a new junction at Church Lane to the north, extending from this junction on the east side of Long Stratton in a southerly direction for approximately 3.9km, where it will re-join the existing A140 just south of Oakside farm.
Delivery of a bypass is linked to the aims and objectives stated within the adopted Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and the Long Stratton Area Action Plan (LSAAP). It is also a priority infrastructure project for Norfolk County Council and is considered key to supporting the delivery of much needed housing and employment growth in the area.
The need for a bypass at Long Stratton was first identified in 1937. It has been campaigned for by residents for many years and the project has seen several iterations. Bringing the project forwards has required a great deal of work across the partnership. In March 2022 the project was stalled due to Nutrient Neutrality, however following approval by the South Norfolk Council Development Management Committee in March 2023 the project can now move forward.