|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||23.9 miles (38.5 km)|
|Meets:||A1402, A1024, A140, B1535, B1145, B1110, A148|
|Former Number(s):||B1148, B1154|
|Old route now:||B1454|
|Route outline (key)|
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, although new signage, (possibly erroneously) suggests the road starts as close to the A147 as the junction of Pitt Street and New Botolph Street and heading northwest along the old alignment of the A140, TOTSOing at the beginning of the A1402. 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 former golf course, now nascent housing estate but still surrounded by greenery; 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 Taverham.
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.
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.
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 new 2.5 mile A1067 across Syderstone Common and bypassing Tattersett opening in 1960. 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.
Few if any of the signs between the City centre ring road and the A1067 junction give the A1402 number, and indeed some appear to suggest that the road is now part of the A1067 itself, as several are missing the brackets which should otherwise be displayed. The OS also seem to think that the A1067 now continues to meet the A147, at the expense of the A1402. It is not clear what the correct current situation is.