§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conclusions he has reached on a second A 12 trunk road crossing of Lake Lothing at Lowestoft; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
Following a report by consultants commissioned by my Department about options for improving the A 12 truck road through Lowestoft, we favour a new mid-harbour crossing in the vicinity of the Co-operative Wholesale Society factory. To the north of the river, the bridge will connect with the northern spine road which is to be built as a joint venture between private developers and Suffolk county council. To the south of the river, it will connect with the proposed South Lowestoft relief road.
We believe that this new north-south road will provide better communications for the town of Lowestoft, relieve congestion in the town centre, and provide opportunities to improve the surrounding environment.
My Department will begin public consultations in the spring of 1990.