Designs for a £90M third crossing over Lake Lothing in Suffolk have been unveiled.
According to Suffolk County Council, the bascule bridge’s design draws on Lowestoft’s offshore renewable energy heritage and takes inspiration from its “imposing” wind turbine Gulliver.
The bridge was granted £73M of conditional funding by the Department for Transport in March last year. This funding will cover the majority of the construction works required to deliver the crossing but additional contributions will be required to fund the project.
The bridge has to fit into the existing road, port and rail network and will be required to open to maintain the Port of Lowestoft’s operations.
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.
Hydraulic pistons will lift the bridge deck to open it, after which it will be held open by a counterweight.
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MP for Waveney Peter Aldous said: “The design stage is yet another important milestone of progress towards the Third Crossing over Lake Lothing becoming a reality.
“What is suggested here gives Lowestoft an iconic symbol of future growth based on renewable energy. This illustrates the positive future Lowestoft will have in the next few years.
“I encourage people to fully take part in the consultation as this is their bridge and their views about it are very important.”
The council aims to submit a planning application in 2017/18 with a view to getting a planning decision in 2019. Detailed design would complete in 2019/20 with a view to construction taking place between 2019 and 2022.