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Five mile tailbacks as collapsed man hole closes lane of A140

PUBLISHED: 09:51 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 24 September 2018

Rush hour motorists faced disruption as the A140 was reduced to one lane. Picture: Simon Parkin

Rush hour motorists faced disruption as the A140 was reduced to one lane. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Temporary traffic lights have left rush hour motorists heading into and out of Norwich facing five mile tailbacks on the A140.

Emergency road works to repair a collapsed manhole have left rush hour motorists heading into and out of Norwich facing five mile tailbacks on the A140.

The south bound lane of the major Norwich to Ipswich road has had been to be closed near to the Hempnall junction with the B1135 and B1527, between Tasburgh and Long Stratton.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said a manhole chamber and cover had collapsed during a weekend of heavy rain forcing BT to close the carriageway to allow emergency repairs.

Two-way traffic lights left Monday morning drivers facing long delays.

Northbound rush hour traffic heading towards Norwich stretched back for five miles through Long Stratton and as far as the Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Pulham.

The work is expected to last until Tuesday afternoon with two-way traffic lights being manually operated between 7am and 7pm until the road can be fully reopened.

The highways authority has asked BT to pause separate work that had been due to start today on the A140 at Swan Lane in Long Stratton until the emergency works are completed.

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