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Transport improvements get back on track

15 May 2020

Following the easing of Government restrictions, a number of transport improvement projects put on hold across Greater Norwich will recommence from next week.

All non-urgent highways work across the County was suspended in late March in line with Public Health advice following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic but following a full review of site safety and latest Government guidance it is now possible for work at key sites to resume.

From Monday 18 May works will recommence on Colman Road, London Street and on pedestrian and cycling improvements at Agricultural Hall Plain and Norwich Road, Hethersett, with further sites restarting across the county from the end of May.

Additional measures are being put in place to allow work to be completed safely and it is hoped that by restarting sites now any disruption to the public will be minimised in the longer term.

Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure at Norfolk County Council said: “We are continually reviewing the safety of all our sites to protect both our staff and the public and we will continue to monitor this in line with all the latest government advice but this feels like a welcome step forward.

“One positive of these unprecedented times is the dramatic increase seen in walking and cycling and this is something we will seek to build on through the development of our Transforming Cities proposals and as we explore the wealth of opportunities presented by the new sustainable transport initiatives announced earlier this week”.

Bank Plain is almost complete and expected to fully reopen to all traffic from Friday 29 May but the timescales for all other projects are being extended to ensure new working practices around social distancing can be adhered to.

Further updates will be provided via Public Information Notices and on the relevant project pages at www.norfolk.gov.uk/highways

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