Great Yarmouth’s tourism economy has been given a boost after funding for a third river crossing in the resort was announced in the Autumn Budget.
Chancellor Philip Hammond committed £98m towards the cost of the new bridge, with Norfolk County Council having already said it would make up the rest of its £120m price tag.
It is hoped the crossing will relieve pressure on the seaside town’s existing Haven and Breydon bridges, especially during the peak summer tourist season.
Chairman of the county’s transport committee Martin Wilby welcomed the news, saying it was the answer to the resort’s problems.
He commented: “A new bridge will help tackle the town’s traffic congestion and make it easier and more attractive to visit and do business there, which is good for Yarmouth’s future and its economy and therefore good for Norfolk.
“It’s taken a lot of dedication and determination by the council and its partners to get us here, and I’m grateful to each and every person who’s been involved and backed our efforts to win this funding.
“I believe having such strong and widespread support for the project really helped us bring this investment into Norfolk.”
Great Yarmouth hosts more than a third of all tourists staying in Norfolk and Suffolk, bringing £577m to the local economy every year – a figure that campaigners believe could be boosted by the new crossing.
Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council Graham Plant also said the funding announcement reflected “huge” confidence in the local and regional economies.
He said: “As England’s energy sector capital and a top UK coastal resort, Great Yarmouth has huge opportunities on the horizon.
“The benefits of the crossing for our residents, businesses and visitors are significant, improving traffic connections, creating thousands of jobs and unlocking further business, regeneration and economic growth opportunities.”