East Midlands Government Office issued a letter yesterday confirming there will be a public inquiry into the Postwick Hub junction, should it survive the Government spending review in October.
The news is a positive step toward the abandonment of the whole North East Growth Triangle plans, as should the junction not receive planning permission, the future of the NDR and the growth this would inevitably bring, would seem very fragile indeed.
NNTAG (Norwich and Norfolk Transport Action Group), SNUB and others opposed to the Hub have campaigned hard for a public inquiry, by lobbying MP’s and writing to the government to point out that the scheme is poorly designed. Closure of the slip road currently used to travel from the A47 to the Yarmouth Road would undoubtedly increase car journeys and carbon emissions and produce further increases in traffic to rural roads in the area.
It has also been cited as a key part of the Northern Distributor Route, despite promoters of the scheme claiming falsely it is merely an improvement required to expand the local Park and Ride service and to improve access to Broadland Business Park.
Rumbled!! A public inquiry will soon show the scheme up for what is really is; a back door way of beginning the NDR whilst circumventing standard planning processes.
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