New year start for work to Norwich network

19 December 2018

Rose Lane and the Dereham Road/Sweet Briar Road roundabout are both set to see work starting on site in the second week of January.

From Monday 7 January, the Transport for Norwich (TfN) project to improve the Prince of Wales Road area enters its second phase, with changes being put in place along Rose Lane and Cattle Market Street.

Main features of the scheme include landscaping and wider pavements, new crossing facilities and an off-carriageway cycle track to join up with the cycle lane on Cattle Market Street, which was put in place as part of improvements around Westlegate.

The bus lane on Rose Lane will also be removed but the existing two lanes for general traffic are being retained. Junction alterations at St Vedast Street and King Street will allow all traffic to move more freely through the area.  This phase is due to take around four months to complete but the temporary traffic management during the work will not affect use of the existing two lanes for general traffic on Rose Lane.

Closures to vehicles will be in place on the King Street junctions either side of Rose Lane, with diversions in place for access. A seven-week closure of St Vedast Street will also be needed from the start of work.

On the other side of the city, from Tuesday 8 January, kerb reinforcement work will be taking place on the Dereham Road/Sweet Briar Road roundabout.

Since completion of the project in June to improve traffic flow at the junction, the trailers of some lorries have been overrunning the section of angled kerb on the roundabout that provides access for maintenance vehicles.  This has caused the material used to reinforce the roundabout to become loose and lift out of the ground.  A concrete ring will be installed as replacement reinforcement to reduce the risk of future emergency repair work.

The reinforcement will take up to three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions, and will be done as quickly as possible within this timescale.  It involves a single lane closure on the roundabout itself to provide a safe working area for staff on site.  A corresponding single lane closure on all approaches to the roundabout will also be needed to tie in with the roundabout lane closure.

Councillor John Fisher, Norfolk County Council’s chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee, said:  “The new Dereham Road/Sweet Briar Road roundabout has been a success story for our network, with journey time data showing improvements to traffic flow in the area since its completion.

“As with all schemes, we monitor the need for any follow up work and although the roundabout is big enough for lorries to stay in lane all the way around, some vehicles overrunning the central kerb has caused enough damage to need a different approach to reinforcement.

“We know that the disruption will be frustrating for those affected and we’d like to thank everyone for their patience.  The reason for carrying out this work sooner rather than later is to avoid the potential need for emergency repair work further down the line, which could cause unplanned lane or even road closures.

“Work to Rose Lane continues the improvements we’ve begun with the recently-pedestrianised section of King Street and aims to build on the benefits of changes around Westlegate.  Traffic management here shouldn’t cause significant delays since the same number of lanes will be available for general traffic on Rose Lane.

“We will be working with our contractor, Tarmac, throughout on both pieces of work to minimise disruption as much as possible.”

More information on both schemes is available on the project pages at www.norfolk.gov.uk/princeofwalesroad and www.norfolk.gov.uk/derehamroad, where you can also download the public information notices with full details of traffic management and road closures while work takes place.

This work is being delivered by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council through TfN. To find out more, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfn.

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