On Friday 10th August, The Planning Inspectorate accepted the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Lake Lothing Third Crossing. This will now start the examination process and continue the involvement of engineering and professional services consultant WSP, bringing the project a step closer to reaching consent.

Lake Lothing Third crossing is a new lifting road bridge proposed in Lowestoft, Suffolk, which will alleviate traffic on the Strategic Road Network. This is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, which requires a Development Consent Order in order to achieve planning approval.

Upon the Development Consent Order being granted by the Secretary of State for Transport, construction could begin in 2019-2020 with the £100m bridge opening as soon as 2022.

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Consultants WSP have provided a multidisciplinary range of services for the project since 2015 including structures, highways, maritime, land referencing, consultation and stakeholder engagement, environmental disciplines, landscape and urban design, town planning, geotechnical, 3D visualisation, transport planning, intelligent transport systems, quantity surveying and project management. Collaboratively the team at WSP have produced the preliminary design for the scheme, environmental statement, consultation report and other key documents for the application.

WSP will continue to be involved with the scheme through the examination process, as well as being advisors to Suffolk County Council during detailed design.

“I am thrilled to see this project enter its next phase. Having been involved with it since 2015, seeing a simple sketch come to life, being well received by the local community in consultation, it is now another step closer to becoming a reality with this exciting milestone”, says Joanna Lyon, Project Director at WSP.

“This is a significant achievement for the team and a big step forward for the project and I look forward to continuing to work with WSP in the next stages”, says Jon Barnard, Project Manager at Suffolk County Council.

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For further information please contact Katie Brown on katie.brown@wsp.com, 07899776923 

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