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Drivers travelling on the A47 face a 30-mile diversion as one-mile stretch is closed

PUBLISHED: 08:36 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 October 2017

The Acle Straight and the westbound carriageway from Acle rounabout to Beighton Road will be closed at separate times. Photo: Mike Page

The Acle Straight and the westbound carriageway from Acle rounabout to Beighton Road will be closed at separate times. Photo: Mike Page

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Drivers face weeks of disruption and a 30 mile diversion as a one mile stretch of the A47 is set to close.

Drivers are being advised to take a 30 mile diversion while a one mile section of road is closed. Photo: Highways England Drivers are being advised to take a 30 mile diversion while a one mile section of road is closed. Photo: Highways England

Motorists wanting to get from Great Yarmouth to Norwich in the evenings will have to take a 30 mile diversion via Beccles when the road is closed.

The A47 will be closed for the one-mile westbound stretch the Acle roundabout to Beighton Road weeknights between 8pm and 6am.

The Acle Straight will be closed for a time, so drivers travelling the other way will have to travel via Filby and Caister.

The road works were due to start yesterday and run until November 28 and run in two week sections, one after the other, with details still to be confirmed.

Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight  which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes.

Picture: James Bass Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes. Picture: James Bass

These latest disruptions come as drivers are already facing congestion around the Fullers Hill roundabout with North Quay set to face disruption as a pedestrian crossing is replaced.

The road surface on the one mile westbound A47 stretch will be repaired as well as the westbound entry slip road.

On the Acle Straight the road surface will also be repaired and road signs replaced.

Carriageway markings will also be improved.

Drivers are advised to drive via Filby while the Acle Straight is shut. Photo: Highways England Drivers are advised to drive via Filby while the Acle Straight is shut. Photo: Highways England

In a letter dated October 13, residents were given less than a week’s warning about the major diversion.

Highways England project sponsor Andrew Dyer said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause you.

“Highways England operates, maintains and modernises the strategic road network in the East of England.

“We are committed to making journeys more reliable and ensuring that the region’s roads are fit for now and for the future.

“Once completed, the works will provide a better quality of road surface and improved road signs for road users.

“We will be delivering these schemes one after the other, working from the Acle roundabout first and then eastwards.

“This will mean that the diversion routes will not coincide or clash.”

For residents living within the road closure and needing access to their homes during the hours of road works, an escort will be provided to ensure safe access to their homes.

But residents were warned they may experience delays while waiting for a safe route through the works area.

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