A1270 Norwich Northern Distributor Road

Scheme outline

Construction of a new dual two-lane road across the northern fringe of Norwich, from the A47 in the east to the A1067 north-west of the city. This is a distributor road designed to relieve communities on the north-east fringes of Norwich, serve new developments, open up access to large parts of Broadland, North Norfolk and Norwich International Airport, and reduce congestion in Norwich itself, where it is a key project in the Transport for Norwich strategy.

Together with the existing A47 southern bypass, it will provide an almost-complete circuit of the city, but it's unlikely the circuit will be completed with a further road to the west of Norwich as this would pass through an environmentally sensitive area.

Birse Civils, now Balfour Beatty Civils, were awarded the Early Contractor Involvement Stage 1 Contract in February 2009 after a full competitive tendering process that began in early 2008. Balfour Beatty are recommended for Stage 2, the construction phase, scheduled to begin in the autumn/winter of 2015.

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New road
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Norfolk CC/Central Government


6 April 2009

Funding from the Regional Transport Board has been provided, but will not be available until 2012. A public enquiry will be held in 2011 with work starting in 2012 if approved. Completion date now in early 2015.

25 December 2009

The Govenment confirms (16th December) that the road is given funding and thus programme entry. It is worth noting that it is now due to terminate in the west at the A140, not the A1067 as proposed by Norfolk County Council, and therefore is only 11km long rather than the 20km originally planned.

30 October 2010

Following the autumn spending review, this scheme has been allocated to the DfT's development group. It will therefore undergo further scrutiny before a final decision is made on whether or not to proceed.

14 December 2011

It was announced today that the DfT will contribute £86.5m towards the total cost of this scheme. The offer is conditional on the local councils making progress towards implementing the Norwich Area Transport Strategy.

3 June 2015

Development consent has been granted by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

30 November 2015

Development consent granted June 2015. Full national funding announced in Chancellor's Autumn statement 25/11/15. Preliminary works will begin in December 2015, with the main site clearance in early 2016 before main construction begins around the end of March 2016. The road will open to traffic towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.

4 April 2016

Project moving from preliminary works, including archaeology, wildlife mitigation measures, fencing and clearance, to full construction, starting with bulk earthworks.

20 September 2016

According to an up to date OS map of Postwick, the new road has been assigned the number A1270.

13 December 2017

The new road has opened from the A140 Cromer Road to the A1067 Fakenham Road at the western end of the route as of the 11th November. The next section, from Cromer Road to Wroxham Road, is due to be open around the New Year, with the road
forecast to be completely opened by March.

27 January 2018

The road is now open from the A1067 to the A1151 Wroxham Road.

11 April 2018

The A1270 NDR final section will open from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the A47 at the Postwick Hub from Tuesday the 17th April 2018 marking the completion of the project.

18 April 2018

The road is now fully open to traffic.

16 August 2018

All the work on this scheme is now finished.

More information


With thanks to Mike Hindson-Evans, Robert Guthrie, Peter Brookes, John Birchall and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.