Picture: Suffolk County Council
After decades of anticipation, the building of Lowestoft’s third crossing named ‘Gull Wing’ - has been given its final green light by the Government.
Work on the bridge over Lake Lothing, is now due to start in spring next year - and open in summer 2023.
The Gull Wing project team at Suffolk County Council, received official confirmation that its full business case has been approved, releasing £73.39m of funding from the Department of Transport.
With this final milestone now reached, the contract with the building and civil engineering contractor will be signed. Other formalities such as formally acquiring land can also be completed, paving the way for construction work to start in the new year.
Councillor Matthew Hicks, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I’m delighted with the announcement from Government, which means that the Gull Wing is go.
“With this news, the final step in our application to build this bridge is now complete. We can now access the funding, sign the construction contract and start building the bridge.
“Any doubts are now over and we will get spades into the ground early in the new year to build Lowestoft’s third crossing.”
Peter Aldous, Member of Parliament for Waveney, said: “This news is extremely welcome and is a real positive boost for the residents of Lowestoft. I’d like to commend Suffolk County Council on their commitment to this project and to the town. The official processes are now complete and we will see construction start in the new year. Our skyline is about to change forever, for the better.”
Councillor Steve Gallant, leader of East Suffolk Council, added: “It’s great to hear that work on the Gull Wing can now begin. Lowestoft and the region should be proud of all the ambition and vision being developed to support local residents and businesses, from the town’s Masterplan to the flood defence works. The Gull Wing will be iconic and be a statement of intent for the future of the town.”
Archaeology surveys have already taken place on site and further preliminary groundwork will continue in the coming months, to allow construction work to begin in the spring of 2021. The Gull Wing is planned to open in the summer of 2023.