• 414 Archaeological trenches excavated
  • 22ha of archaeological strip, map and record (completed)
  • 7km of newt fence
  • Over 300ha of site clearance (includes approx 5000 trees)
  • Over 2,000 amphibians, including 587great crested newts, 488 smooth newts, 885 toads and 103 frogs, trapped and moved
  • 4 Newt habitat ponds created
  • All mitigation and compensation bat boxes installed (81)
  • Over 100 bird boxes put up – 10 barn owl boxes follow
  • 2 Bat roost barns

As work continues on the Norwich NDR, council leader George Nobbs unveils one of the new scheme boards near Postwick. 

Phil Clifton, director of major highways for Balfour Beatty, said much of the route had been cleared since January, when the contract for the project was awarded. So far workmen have been clearing the site – chopping down trees, moving great crested newts, building new bat habitats, moving water, electricity and gas lines and setting up compounds and fence lines. Workers put down fences to contain the newts, then put out buckets with food in to lure them in, before relocating them to new sites. He said piling work on bridges would start soon, with 500 workers during peak construction.

Next year work the work will move on to surfacing, safety barriers, signs and road markings

Norwich Northern Distributor Road construction supports British steel

Steel reinforcement used on Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be 100% British, main contractor Balfour Beatty confirmed on Friday 15 April 2016. 

The 20km dual carriageway, developed by Norfolk County Council, is the biggest local authority-promoted road construction scheme in the country, running around the east and north of Norwich from the A47 at Postwick (at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass) to the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road.  

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