Longwater and Easton

Improvements are required in the Longwater and Easton area of Norwich to resolve existing issues on the transport network and accommodate additional traffic arising from planned growth as set out in the adopted Joint Core Strategy for the Norwich area.

We have carried out a series of reports, assessments and feasibility studies to address these pressures;

Smaller scale measures

  1. Free flow left turn slip road from William Frost Way to Dereham Road
  2. Widening Dereham Road between the Longwater roundabout and the new traffic lights at Lodge Farm 2
  3. Longwater Lane/Dereham Road junction improvement
  4. Dereham Road widening to two lanes in each direction (east section)
  5. Part signalisation of the Longwater southern (Showground) roundabout
  6. Free flow slip road form Dereham Road westbound onto A47 eastbound
  7. A47 eastbound off slip road improvement
  8. Easton Village public transport corridor
  9. Cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A47
  10. Improvement to the Easton roundabout

The first two improvements have been built and were funded by the new retail store and housing development.

Large scale measure - new link road or bridge

Assessments carried out in October 2015 concluded that both the A1074 to Longwater link Road and the new bridge are effective in enabling the Longwater junction to operate satisfactorily in the future, but that without either of them the junction would be overcapacity and unacceptable queuing and delays would occur.

The study also concluded that a link road from Sir Alfred Munnings Road to the Easton roundabout would not be effective in relieving the Longwater interchange.

The assessment looked at the possibility of constructing a new link across or adjacent to the closed landfill site and concluded that it would be possible to construct an A1074 to Longwater area link road adjacent to the Costessey landfill site by removing small amounts of the landfill material.

This option is likely to cost around £10m and would be cheaper and easier to deliver than a new bridge over the A47, making it the preferred solution.

As yet no funding source for this work has been identified.

Access to Queen’s Hill

Norfolk County Council will adopt and take over the maintenance of the Queen’s Hill roads once they are finished to an acceptable standard, a 12 month maintenance period has been completed and the necessary legal processes concluded.

The legal processes will include financial contributions to future maintenance and resolution of any outstanding land issues.

Adoption will start with the spine road followed by the smaller estate roads.

The work required to bring Alfred Munnings Way to an acceptable standard is mostly complete.  Further work on the bridge and the street lighting is required, along with erection of the bus shelters.

Anglian Water also needs to approve the sewers for adoption.

Regular meetings are held with the developer to keep a focus on progress.

It is intended that the access route to Ringland Lane will be made available to pedestrians, cycles and buses; access will be controlled by automatic rising bollards.  Works to construct the bus lane and bus gate are nearly complete.

As the roads are eventually adopted by Norfolk County Council, they will be assessed for gritting against the winter maintenance policy.

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