Drivers in Norwich have been warned that they could face disruption when work starts later this month to make major changes to one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts.

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Norfolk County Council bosses say the changes they are planning to make to a road leading up to the Grapes Hill roundabout will ease congestion.

The work, due to start on Monday, January 13, will be carried out on Convent Road, one of the roads which connects with the roundabout. It will cost just under £100,000.

The changes will see an extra lane created for traffic approaching the Grapes Hill roundabout from the Unthank Road/Earlham Road direction.

The extra lane will be created by reducing the Convent Road exit from the roundabout to a single lane and making some changes to the central island on Convent Road.

The works, which are expected to take up to five weeks to complete, will affect the inbound and outbound carriageways of Convent Road, with lane closures and reduction in lane widths on this road and also on Grapes Hill roundabout.

However, to minimise disruption during the busiest periods, there will be no work affecting the Norwich inbound traffic before 9.30am and no work affecting outbound traffic after 4.30pm.

The council says access to properties and businesses will be maintained as far as is “reasonably practicable” while the work is carried out.

The county council has apologised for any inconvenience which the work might cause.

The work, part of the Transport for Norwich scheme, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s environment, transport and development department and their contractors.

16 comments

  • This sounds as pointless as the work done on the roundabout at Newmarket Road Roundhouse Way.

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    Max Headroom

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • It's not the lanes on Convent Rd that are the problem (there's two each way), but the drivers who ignore the amber and red lights because they'd be stuck on Earlham Rd. Put a traffic signal on the Grapes Hill lights from Convent Rd & sort out the Earlham Unthank Rd lights and you'll reduce most of the problem as well as gaining revenue from the light jumpers.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • What's the point of these changes? There's already 2 lanes each way on Convent Rd. The holdup is on the Earlham RdUnthank Rd roundabout. As it is, drivers ignore the amber and red lights going from Convent Rd onto the Grapes Hill roundabout putting lives at risk. The best change would be to put a traffic light camera there to catch all the drivers (and often, buses) jumping the lights. That would soon pay for other road improvements.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • ARFUR- how about the huge percentage of ruralsuburban people for whom a decent, usable bus service is but a dream? Or that they run at such silly timesunreliable as to not make it an option for workers?

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    Fluffy Cat

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Oh dear...another huge waste of money, no doubt for a bus lane or something ...

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    marty r

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Fluffy Cat: The only reason the "ruralsuburban" people have got a rubbish bus service is because they have all voted Conservative for decades

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    arfur

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Thickthorn roundabout and Thorpe road are prime examples of road surfaces in desperate need of repair. If you need an example of the total ineffectiveness of local government look no further! Perhaps councils should be abolished and private business brought in to get the job done properly with the money saved from financing these pointless little empires! At the end of the day if local government doesn't work,best get rid of it!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Thickthorn roundabout and Thorpe road are prime examples of road surfaces in desperate need of repair. If you need an example of the total ineffectiveness of local government look no further! Perhaps councils should be abolished and private business brought in to get the job done properly with the money saved from financing these pointless little empires! At the end of the day if local government doesn't work,best get rid of it!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Harry, the reason they can find money for these stupid ideas is because they; 1, Cant drive.... 2, Use the bus, so they want bus lanes 3, Waste money so they can say ' we dont have the money to repair roads' and 4, Dont want cars in the city centre, therefore forcing us to shop somewhere else and then moan as no-one shops in the city anymore.

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    PINKDEADHUNTER

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • albert you dont have much good to say about this country with you comments on various issues lately ALBERT COOPER unknown in the uk may be a good idea, usa he comes albert...

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    paf1

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Thickthorn roundabout would be a better target if they've got spare cash to splash about - it's the most unsafe roundabout I've ever come across.

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    JanieH

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Good luck folks - the trouble-free West Lynn slipway caused nothing but problems and an increase in accidents and smashes after NCC had their wicked way with it and - guess what? They had to eventually come back and change it all back to the way it was originally just a few months later, at additional cost. Still, in the meantime we were all treated to the same rhetoric from the faceless gonks at county hall who told us all that they knew best, despite being eventually proved wrong, wrong, wrong as they dug up all that lovely new tarmac and restored the grass verge back to the way it was before they decided to waste taxpayers money digging it all up for nothing.

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    Fenscape

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Harry Rabinowitz : yes, perhaps we should sell off all the councils. Then private business can make all their services as good as they have done with the trains and the energy companies.

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    arfur

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Round a bouts with traffic lights ? unknown in the U S A

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Funny how these people always find money for Mickey mouse inspired pointless road modifications and never seem to have any for basic road maintenance! How many potholes and sunken drains has your car hit today? perhaps we should bill the council for suspension damage!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • PINKDEADHUNTER : if we all used the bus more often there would be less damage to the roads. All these 'developments' to our roads are solely to accommodate the car drivers and their greedy needs.

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    arfur

    Friday, January 3, 2014

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