諾里奇西部連接路 "儘管增加了5000萬英鎊,但還是物有所值

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諾里奇西部連接路 "儘管增加了5000萬英鎊,但還是物有所值

一個委員會說,儘管提議的費用增加了5000多萬英鎊,但一條連接路仍將提供 "資金價值"。

"他說:"不增加成本是值得歡迎的,但通貨膨脹和生活費用的上漲正在影響我們所有人,它們正在衝擊全國的主要交通計劃。

"報告明確指出,這條道路的理由仍然很充分;它仍然代表着高性價比;而且它可以吸引大量的政府投資。"

地方民主報告處說,在成本上升之前,議會曾要求政府資助1.98億英鎊成本的85%,這將是1.69億英鎊。

現在成本上升了,議會領導人說,他們希望政府仍能支付85%的費用,這將是2.134億英鎊。

目前,議會承擔的約2900萬英鎊的費用預計將通過借貸來支付。

議會的一位官員說,他們希望道路工程能在2023年開始,並在2026年底向公眾開放,但在做出規劃決定之前,還需要進一步諮詢。

道路的支持者包括諾福克和諾威奇大學醫院、諾福克商會、諾威奇機場、諾福克消防和救援隊、新安格利亞地方企業夥伴關係、公路運輸協會、第一巴士、該縣大多數議員和一些區議會。

但反對者包括諾福克野生動物信託基金、諾福克河流信託基金、保護英格蘭農村運動、郡政府的綠色和工黨團體、停止溫薩姆連接線團體和滅絕叛亂組織。


A link road would still provide "value for money" despite more than £50m being added to its proposed cost, a council said.

"No cost increases are welcome but inflation and cost of living rises are affecting us all and they are hitting major transport schemes across the country," he said.

"The report is clear that the case for the road remains strong; that it would still represent high value for money; and that it could attract substantial government investment."

Before the cost went up, the council had asked for the government to fund 85% of the £198m cost - which would have been £169m, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Now the cost has risen, council leaders said they hoped the government would still cover 85% - which would be £213.4m.

Some £29m of the council's share of the cost is currently expected to be paid for through borrowing.

A council officer said they hoped work on the road could begin in 2023 and open to the public in late 2026, but further consultation was needed before a planning decision was made.

Supporters of the road include the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Norwich Airport, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Road Haulage Association, First buses, most of the county's MPs and a number of district councils.

But opponents include Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Norfolk Rivers Trust, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Green and Labour groups at County Hall, the Stop the Wensum Link group and Extinction Rebellion.

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