Third crossing over Lake Lothing given Broads committee’s support
PUBLISHED: 11:16 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 07 September 2018
A long-awaited third crossing in Lowestoft will be a welcome addition and could even boost tourism for the Broads National Park.
This is the view of members of the Broads Authority’s navigation committee, who have unanimously given their backing to proposed crossing at Lake Lothing.
The committee was tasked with deciding how to respond to the scheme’s consultation, which will accompany Suffolk County Council’s application to the planning inspectorate for the bridge.
The bridge, which could cost up to £100m to deliver, is proposed to link from Waveney Drive to Denmark Road and Peto Way in the town, with construction hoped to begin in 2019-2020.
Members were given a short presentation on the plans, including a short video showing what the bridge may look like and how it could impact traffic flow around the area - including how boats would travel underneath it.
Discussing their response to the consultation, the committee welcomed the scheme, which aims to relieve traffic strain on the Bascule Bridge and Mutford Lock.
Kelvin Allen, a secretary of state appointed member, said: “I quite welcome it and it could increase the number of boats accessing the Broads. That can only be a good thing.
“I believe it will improve the area and help attract our friends from places like Germany and the Netherlands.”
Fellow member Bill Dickson added: “From what we have seen the structure will not impede on anything that can get through Mutford Lock and I don’t feel in will have any negative impact on navigation as a whole.”
The plans were particularly praised for its height, which has been designed to allow smaller vessels through without lifting the bridge, limiting the times this would need to be done.
The committee did, though, advise that it felt lay-by moorings should be including in the scheme, to limit the impact on other vessels of those waiting for the bridge to be lifted.
The formal planning application for the scheme was submitted by Suffolk County Council last month.
If the application is approved and planning is secured, it is hoped the bridge could be in use by 2022.