Lake Lothing Third Crossing consultation

Have your say on our proposals for a new crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft from Monday 4 September to Monday 23 October 2017.

Lake Lothing Third Crossing closed bridge

Suffolk County Council is seeking your views on our proposals for a new crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft.

The existing bridges over the lake at Mutford Lock and the A47 Bascule Bridge are inadequate to meet current and future traffic demand. Delays and congestion are a common occurrence for drivers, particularly during peak hours, and pedestrians and cyclists often have long and difficult journeys as they travel across the town.

A crossing will open up opportunities for regeneration and create a new link between north and south Lowestoft.

This new crossing presents an opportunity to introduce a focal point for the town, enhancing its identity. This will help to regenerate the area and attract new investment in the local economy.

This is a significant project for Lowestoft and it is important residents, businesses, landowners and all those affected by, or interested in, the project have their say.

This consultation has been extended until Monday 23 October 2017.

Take the survey

View the Lake Lothing Third Crossing proposed project map (PDF, 754KB).

Our proposals for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing aim to improve journeys and connectivity, help meet the aspirations for economic prosperity and provide a new feature in the town for all users to enjoy for years to come.

The project will include a new multi-span bridge from Waveney Drive to Peto Way. The bridge will be a single carriageway road with facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed design includes new roundabouts to the north and south of the lake to help connect the traffic smoothly into the existing road network, as well as provide public spaces for people to enjoy.

Changes to the road layout include a new access from Waveney Drive to Riverside Business Park and closure of Durban Road at its junction with Waveney Drive.

360 virtual reality views of the project

View 360 views of the Lake Lothing Third Crossing project, showing 6 locations.

For more detailed information about the proposals please see our consultation brochure and the other documents listed below.

Background information

Full report



 Location Date Time
Gunton Estate Community Hall
Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4AY
Tuesday 5 September 2017 12 noon to 7pm
Lowestoft Library
Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1DR
Saturday 9 September 2017 10.30am to 4.30pm
Spinnaker Room (Kessingland Library)
Marram Green, Hall Road, Kessingland, Suffolk, NR33 7AH
Tuesday 12 September 2017 2.30pm to 7.30pm
Kirkley Centre
154 London Road South, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ
Thursday 14 September 2017 1pm to 7.30pm
Waveney District Council
Council Offices, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0EQ
Friday 22 September 2017 2pm to 7pm
Commodore Mission Hall
26 Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3AG
Monday 25 September 2017 2pm to 7pm
St Marks Church
Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 9JX
Friday 29 September 2017 1pm to 7pm

Pakefield Church Hall
Sunningdale Avenue, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7DB

Thursday 5 October 2017 1pm to 7pm

Between Monday 4 September, 12:01am and Monday 23 October 2017, 11:59pm you can use the following methods to respond to the public consultation.


Fill out the online survey or the questionnaire (PDF, 90KB).

By post

Print and complete the questionnaire and send feedback to:

LL3X Consultation Team
PO Box 73943 (Lake Lothing)

View and pick up consultation documents and a questionnaire at:

  • Lowestoft Library
  • Oulton Broad Library
  • Kessingland Library
  • Riverside (Waveney district council offices)
  • Marina Customer Service Centre
  • Endeavour House, Ipswich (Suffolk County Council Officer)

Alternatively, you can attend a public consultation event and complete a questionnaire or leave one at a deposit location.

Planning application process

The Secretary of State for Transport has directed that Lake Lothing Third Crossing is to be treated as a Project of National Significance for the purposes of the Planning Act 2008. As such, we are required to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain permission to construct, operate and maintain the project.

Following the formal public consultation, we will carefully consider all responses received and produce a report on the consultation. This report will form part of our DCO application, to the Secretary of State.

The Planning Inspectorate will examine the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide on whether the project will go ahead.

We currently intend to make our application for development consent in early 2018.