New layout for roadworks on A47 at Postwick near Norwich - but is it any better?

Traffic on the slip road and A47 at Postwick, where work is under way constructing the Postwick Hub Junction. Photo: Steve Adams Traffic on the slip road and A47 at Postwick, where work is under way constructing the Postwick Hub Junction. Photo: Steve Adams

Friday, May 30, 2014
1:16 PM

Motorists are being asked to take notice of the ‘get in lane’ signs following changes to the traffic management arrangements on the A47 at Postwick.

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It is hoped the new layout will improve the flow of traffic through the Postwick roadworks at peak hours. The original layout followed national design standards, but resulted in longer delays than expected during morning and evening peaks.

The new arrangements were expected to be in place for the morning peak on Friday with both lanes open on the eastbound approach to the Postwick junction.

However, the inside lane will only be for traffic taking the slip road off the A47 towards Thorpe St Andrew, Broadland Business Park and Postwick Park & Ride. All other Gt Yarmouth-bound traffic will be directed to use the outside lane.

New signs on the approach to the roadworks will instruct drivers to ‘get in lane’ either to leave the A47, or continue towards Gt Yarmouth.

The inside lane will be closed from the slip road through the junction to provide a safe working area for the junction improvement work.

12 comments

  • Great. Really looking forward to the works being finished. Cant wait to see the massive daily line of stationary cars at North Burlingham single carriage way every morning. 19 million to achieve what??

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    Geoff Agness

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • One Horse Town – do I detect a touch of jealousy? …. and no I don’t drive an Audi or a BMW!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • On Tuesday 20th May I emailed Cllr David Harrison at Norfolk County Council (portfolio holder for transport) to raise genuine concerns about the original road layout, given that I travel eastwards to Postwick from the A140 each morning. Clearly he was too busy watching his political party get roasted by UKIP to reply, because as of today he hasn't had the good grace to even acknowledge my email. The Postwick Hub is nothing more than a covenient place to connect the NDR when it is built despite the 'spin' from the mandarins at County Hall. There is an inherent dishonesty in the reasons given for the changes to the junction. Previously it has been a perfectly workable junction without obvious safety deficiencies and an accident record which bears favourable comparison with any other junction along that stretch of the A47. I note that the Council continues to deny that there is any link with the proposed NDR, which is obviously a blatant misrepresentation. When you consider the huge amount of work being done to bypass Elveden, which is far more than the changes being proposed at Postwick, and both projects taking a similar amount of time? Questions need to be asked why this is. With regard to the changes being made to the lanes to ease traffic conjestion at the junction, I didn't have any problem getting through. However I would agree with other correspondents who mock those who pile along the outside carriageway only to cut in at the last possible minute. You are going to cause an accident; sadly it will be an innocent driver who will be involved and may suffer harm or worse because of your stupidity, rather than you. You know who you are, and despite what people say about Audi and BMW drivers from what I have seen drivers of all types of carsvanscoacheslorries etc are just as stupid. Perhaps a few unmarked Police cars to monitor driving would deter you. Over to you Norfolk Constabulary....

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    kevt

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Signs to get in lane are much too near to the start of the lane changes. They need to be much further away,prior to start of lane changes,not just after the lay by. Ridiculous!

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    Scorpio700

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • As if the A47 between Norwich & Yarmouth wasn't bad enough already, so as well as the frequent delays, accidents & closures at North Burlingham & on the Acle straight, you can now sit in traffic for an additional 30-60 minutes for the next 18 months just while trying to get through Postwick. Never has it taken so long to travel 20 miles! Of course, delays wouldn't be quite so bad at Postwick, like the section of single carriageway at Blofield North Burlingham, if the significant proportion of drivers who think "get in lane" doesn't apply to them & they can just cut in at the last second, bringing everyone else to a halt rather than keeping the traffic flowing I'm sure we'll all notice huge benefits from these 18 months of delays at the "Postwick Hub", or are those benefits just for the developers ?

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    DocScott

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Vic Sponge

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • A 146 via beccles to get to yarmouth is not much further and a more interesting route. Advised detour signs were only up for 2 nights. Up to date sat navy should divert traffic that is straight through

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    freckles

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • A47 POSTWICK - Lets see if this works, it can't get any worse, the tailback to Trowse is not just at rushhour, it was like it last Saturday and sunday morning at 11.00 am it's a mess HURRY UP AND GET IT DONE!!

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    kemp

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • "New signs on the approach to the roadworks will instruct drivers to ‘get in lane’ either to leave the A47, or continue towards Gt Yarmouth." That'll work.

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    Sugarbeet

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • We're fairly used to delays and detours on this road. We go to dog training in Blofield every Tuesday evening and there aren't many Tuesdays when either the sliproad past Martineau Lane isn't closed (goodness knows what for, it never looks any different!) or there aren't cones and lights somewhere along the way. One night on the way back to Norwich we were diverted through the villages and back roads (which we didn't know very well) and took ages to get home. So this is just another hazard.

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    smithy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • So even BMW and Audi drivers will have to slow down? Shame.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Appalling delays here last weekend on a key tourist route. Norfolk might as well put up the "Closed for business" sign this summer!

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    Birdman

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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