Delays on A11 & A47 as bank holiday traffic hits the region’s roads

Cars in a traffic jam. Cars in a traffic jam.

Monday, April 21, 2014
10:19 AM

It has been a busy day on the region’s roads as families head back home from their Easter getaways.

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Traffic updates from the Highways Agency

The Highways Agency provides information services to help people check traffic conditions for the motorways and other strategic roads. Live traffic information is available through www​.highways​.gov​.uk, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. The agency provides regional Twitter feeds for live traffic information, available at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​w​i​t​ter.

Road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.

Motorists were hit with delays of up to an hour an hour on the A11 southbound, between the junctions with the A134 Thetford West and the A1065, due to heavy traffic.

The section is where road works for the dualling of the A11 are still in place.

Traffic has also been heavy in West Norfolk on the A47 and on the A17 into Lincolnshire.

The Highways Agency cleared seven out of 10 sets of road works to help minimise congestion and smooth journeys over the bank holiday weekend, but the A11 is one of the 36 locations where road works remain.

The 40mph speed restriction on the A11 from A1065 to A134, near Thetford, remained in place for 9.6 miles, for the safety of road users and construction workers.

With Easter falling so late this year, the last day of the two-week break from school is today, as most teachers in Norfolk prepare to head back to work for an inset day tomorrow, with pupils due back in schools on Wednesday.

Holidaymakers travelling through Acle encountered morning delays after the westbound lane of the A47, near the Acle roundabout, was closed at 9.30am due to a broken down vehicle and fuel spillage. The road had reopened by mid-morning.

Maundy thursday evening and Easter Monday afternoon are usually the busiest periods on the roads over the bank holiday weekend, according to the Highways Agency,

If you spot a traffic jam or problem on the roads, let us know by emailing newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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