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Controversial Norfolk road goes to tenders

Norfolk County Council is inviting tenders for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

The road will extend from the A1067 at Attlegridge passing to the north of Norwich and joining the A47 trunk road at Postwick.

The project has been marred in controversy since last year when the Council was forced to withdraw the £106.5 million contract to build the road from May Gurney.

It had awarded the Norwich-based firm the contract following its early involvement under the council’s P&T Strategic Partnership for cost reasons.

But the Department for Transport called on the Council to go ahead with a new procurement process, saying the appointment of May Gurney was 'potentially illegal' because the scale of the proposed NNDR is entirely disproportionate to the scope of the framework.

A maximum of seven bidders will be invited to tender for the job whose deadline is 12 March.

Construction is due to take 48 months from the award of the contract.