County Council to hold public meeting on third crossing options for Lake Lothing in Lowestoft

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The people of Lowestoft are invited to attend a public presentation of options for a new road crossing over Lake Lothing.

The public meeting will take place in the town on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 7pm to discuss and present the independent report regarding possible locations for a new crossing which was recently published by engineering consultants WSP.

The meeting will take place in the main conference room at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft. Members of the community are invited to come together to listen to and discuss the options in the report.

This public meeting has been proposed and arranged by Suffolk County Council.

Peter Aldous MP will chair the meeting, accompanied by the Leader of Suffolk County Council, Councillor Mark Bee. A representative from WSP will present and discuss the report. Other representatives confirmed to attend include SCC’s Cabinet member for roads and transport, Councillor Graham Newman and Councillor Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council.

The report indicates that the most cost effective and appropriate crossing option is at the eastern end of the lake.

Councillor Mark Bee, Leader of Suffolk County Council said:

“With so many people sharing and expressing a keen interest in achieving a third crossing for Lake Lothing, it is essential that we hold a public meeting where we can discuss the options fully and openly. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the report that independent engineers WSP produced as a result of thorough studies into proposed crossing options, and to hear the views of the people of Lowestoft.

“The issues we are seeking to resolve are traffic congestion and flood protection and we are determined to do so as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate manner”

In his recent letter published in the Lowestoft Journal, Cllr Bee also moved to reassure people about the purpose of any new bridge. He said: “I can assure everyone that any new bridge across Lake Lothing would not be built as a replacement for the existing Bascule Bridge. The report produced by WSP clearly indicates this fact.”

The report can be read on the Suffolk County Council website at www.suffolk.gov.uk/environment-and-transport/Transport/Transport-Planning/consultations-and-studies/