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DCO bid starts for £100M Suffolk lifting bridge

Lake Lothing Third Crossing Proposed design bridge open 3to2

The process to obtain a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the £100M Lake Lothing Third Crossing has started.

The new lifting road bridge is planned for Lowestoft, Suffolk, and has been deemed a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project meaning it requires a DCO. Construction is planned to start in 2019-2020 and be completed around 2022.

Consultants WSP has worked with Suffolk County Council during the detailed design stage.

The proposed crossing will be 12m above high tide levels – significantly higher than the adjacent A47 bascule bridge crossing – to allow a larger number of vessels to pass under the new crossing without it needing to open.

The project was granted £73M of conditional funding by the Department for Transport in March 2016.

“Having been involved with it since 2015, seeing a simple sketch come to life, being well received by the local community in consultation, it is now another step closer to becoming a reality with this exciting milestone,” said Joanna Lyon, project director at WSP. 

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