A1067

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A1067
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From:  Norwich (TG226098)
To:  Fakenham (TF935309)
Distance:  23.9 miles (38.5 km)
Meets:  A1402, A1024, A140, B1535, B1145, B1110, A148
Former Number(s):  B1148, B1154
Old route now:  B1454
Highway Authorities

Norfolk

Traditional Counties

Norfolk

Route outline (key)
A1067 Norwich - Fakenham
(A148) Fakenham - Sculthorpe
A1067 Sculthorpe - Heacham

Route

The A1067 is one of the radial roads out of Norwich.

The road starts on the A1402 (former A140) Aylsham Road, to the north of Norwich city centre. The road heads northwest along Drayton Road, soon crossing the A1024 at a roundabout, then the present A140 western bypass at traffic lights. The road now passes a retail park before going through a golf course; this gives the road an unexpected air of rurality which unfortunately is not actually present - there are several more miles of suburbs before we finally reach open country on the far side of Taversham.

The road now follows the flood plain of the River Wensum before crossing the river at Attlebridge. After skirting Weston Park the river is crossed again at Lenwade. Road and river now start to diverge and the road climbs to pass to the south of Sparham before moving onto a new alignment to bypass the next couple of villages.

Guist

Back on its original route the road goes through Guist before running between Stibbard and Little Ryburgh. After crossing a small valley the outskirts of Fakenham are met. The old A1067 ran into the town centre along Norwich Road. We ignore that and continue straight on to a roundabout where we turn right. We head due north and cross the former line of the A148, now a footpath, before crossing a roundabout which provides access to a supermarket and a football ground. The A1067 ends at the next roundabout on the A148 northern bypass.

History

The gap in the A1067 at Sculthorpe in 1956

The A1067 did not exist in 1922 but was one of the first new Class I roads to be inaugurated, in 1924. What was the B1148 was upgraded to become the A1067, to provide a Class I link from Norwich to Fakenham.

Later in the 1920s the A1067 was extended further west via a multiplex west along the A148 and then the entire route of the B1154 to end on the A149 west coast road at Heacham. This situation lasted until World War II when the construction of RAF Sculthorpe destroyed the A148/A1067 junction and surrounding area to the west of Fakenham. New roads were built to bypass the airfield, the A148 in the 1940s, the A1067 in the 1950s. However, it was not long before the western section of A1067 was downgraded again, becoming the B1454 - the fact that it survived so long with a gap suggests that traffic can't have been that heavy - and giving the A1067 its original route back.

Further road improvements in Norfolk have given the A1067 the occasional bypass, most obviously at the Fakenham end, where it now only just reaches the urban area.



A1067
PlacesFakenham • Norwich
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A1067 at Guist (C) J.Hannan-Briggs - Geograph - 3845732.jpgRoundabout on Mile Cross Road - Geograph - 43072.jpgStop at 50 miles an hour- B1145 meets A1067 - Geograph - 523536.jpgThe A1067 (Fakenham Road) - Geograph - 1041349.jpg
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