|From:||New Cottesey (TG155106)|
|Distance:||4.3 miles (6.9 km)|
|Meets:||A47, A140, A1024, A147|
|Old route now:||A1242|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1074 heads west out of Norwich city centre.
It starts at a GSJ on the A47 at New Costessey, to the west of Norwich. Whilst the A47 now runs along the southern bypass, the A1074 heads eastwards into the city centre. It passes through the centre of New Costessey, where it turns left at a roundabout onto a short stretch of dual carriageway. The road to the right here passes through an industrial estate before ending without warning, suggesting abandoned plans for a relief road.
After narrowing to S2 once again the A1074 reaches a roundabout on the A140 outer ring road. It meets the southern end of the A1024 at traffic lights and ends soon afterwards at another set of lights on the A147 inner ring road.
This incarnation of the A1074 came into existence in the 1970s when the A47 was rerouted away from Norwich city centre. That road was moved onto the outer ring road (formerly the A1074) and the A1074 number moved onto the section of A47 vacated. It thus started in the Earlham area and headed east along Dereham Road (as it still does today) before running through the city centre along St Andrews Street and Prince of Wales Road to pass the station and head out of town along Thorpe Road to meet the A47 again in Thorpe.
Construction of the inner ring road removed all classified roads from the city centre, the A1074 included. The western section remained the A1074 but the eastern section became the A1242. Construction of the A47 southern bypass in the 1990s lengthened the A1074 again, as the road took over a second section of vacated A47, giving the road that exists today.