(Norfolk, England, UK) The application for the proposed Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport, Norfolk. The development consent has been granted for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the new bridge. The 50m clear span twin bascule bridge and its highway approaches will provide a new link across the River Yare, alleviating congestion, reducing journey times, and stimulating growth in the seaside town. The project is estimated to cost £120m ($93.3M).  The opening of the link is planned for 2023.

The detailed design is being delivered by Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD), Hardesty & Hanover (H&H), who are global experts in movable bridges, and Proworks, a Norfolk-based architecture firm. The design is for a construction joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Farrans Construction.

Graham Plant, deputy leader at Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “This is fantastic news. We’re now close to making this much-needed bridge a reality.” “Not only will it make getting around so much easier for many people currently living and working in the borough, but it will support the town’s key industries, including those linked to offshore energy and maritime sectors,” he added.

The complex detailed design is currently being finalized by the multidisciplinary design team based out of New York (H&H), Dublin and Otley (ROD), and Norwich (Proworks).  BAM Farrans JV is preparing to start construction in January 2021, and Norfolk County Council is in the process of submitting the final business case to the Department for Transport.

With more than 170 integrated engineering team members, Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is one of Ireland’s leading civil, environmental, and structural engineering consultancies.

Ranked in the top ten of ENR’s 2020 Top 500 Bridge Firms list, Hardesty & Hanover (H&H) is a world-renowned engineering firm with more than 132 years of experience delivering comprehensive solutions to some of the most unique engineering challenges.