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Work starts on Lowestoft Relief Road

Jackson started work this week on the construction of the new £6m Lowestoft northern spine road with a ceremony held on Monday to mark the start of the much-needed new development.

Plans for phase five of the northern spine road, centring on the single-carriageway road between the Millennium Way-Bentley Drive roundabout and the A12 Corton Long Lane junction, were approved last year in an effort alleviate congestion in the area.

The scheme involves the construction of a 1.1km single carriageway, with a roundabout and tie-in to the existing A12, and work is due to be completed in the early part of next year.

More than £4.5 million of government funding is going towards the 1.1km single carriageway, with Suffolk County Council contributing £1.5m. As one of the governments' designated 'pinch-point' schemes, the project has been funded with £4.5m of central government money, the remaining £1.5m coming from Suffolk County Council.

Once completed, the new road will also include a shared path and cycleway. Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said: "There is a real sense of achievement seeing the work begin. We know from the past that the scheme was shelved so we had to resurrect it. We felt this was important to the people of Lowestoft, and so we got it back on the map and ensured it was delivered, and this is the culmination of four years of work that will improve things tremendously."

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: "Its great that this work has started as this is a scheme that should have been started a long time ago. This is another important component and part of improving the wider road network within Lowestoft."