Lowestoft’s Gull Wing secures Government approval

Lowestoft's long-awaited third crossing now known as the 'Gull Wing Lowestoft' has today secured Government approval from the chancellor.

Now construction of the 'Gull Wing' will get underway in early 2021, following final approval of the scheme today (25 November 2020) by the UK Government.

The project team for the 'Gull Wing' bridge at Suffolk County Council today received official confirmation that its full business case had been approved, meaning that £73.39m of funding from the Department of Transport can now be accessed for the project.

With this final milestone now reached, it now means that the contract with building and civil engineering contractor, Farrans, will be signed. As well as other formalities such as formally acquiring land can also now be completed, and therefore paving the way for construction work to start in the new year of 2021.

Peter Aldous, Member of Parliament for Waveney, said:

“This news is extremely welcome and is a real positive boost for the residents of Lowestoft. I’d like to commend Suffolk County Council on their commitment to this project and to the town. The official processes are now complete and we will see construction start in the new year. Our skyline is about to change forever, for the better.”

Preliminary works have already been taking place, and the archaeology surveys have been conducted on site and further preliminary groundwork will now continue in the coming months, which will allow construction work to begin in the spring of 2021. The Gull Wing bridge is planned to open in the summer of 2023.

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