Drivers in Norwich have been warned to brace themselves for more than three months of disruption because of work to create a rapid bus route in the city.

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Work on the next phase of the Dereham Road Bus Rapid Transit route is due to start today - and is likely to go on for up to 14 weeks.

Dereham Road has been selected as the first of six bus corridors through Norwich, where changes would be made to give buses increased priority.

Council bosses say that route is a key element in the Transport for Norwich plans, as set out in the Norwich Area Transport Strategy.

Transport chiefs say the creation of the route, bring major improvements for bus users - including more reliable services and faster journeys.

Work was carried out last year at the Barn Road/Grapes Hill junction to pave the way for the route, but more work is due to start this morning.

That work, at the junction with Old Palace Road, is expected to take 14 weeks to complete. It will see new traffic lights to give greater priority to buses. an improved crossing for pedestrians, resurfacing, new kerbs and changes for cyclists.

The work, which will cost £350,000, will see temporary traffic lights put in place, with lane narrowing on Dereham Road.

Old Palace Road will be closed at the junction for the first three weeks and Heigham Road will be closed at the junction for the duration of construction.

Council bosses said access to properties and businesses will be maintained as much as possible during construction, which will be carried out by the council’s environment, transport and development department in partnership with May Gurney and Mott MacDonald.

The work will be followed by the construction of a south-bound bus lane up Grapes Hill. while further bus improvement projects are also proposed.

That includes an in-bound lane on Chapel Field North, and the closure of St Stephens Street and part of Surrey Street to general traffic.

When complete, the right turns from Dereham Road into Old Palace and Heigham Road will be retained after protests at proposals to close them off.

Families in nearby streets feared banning those right turns would lead to rat-running through their residential streets and planners rejigged the proposals.

- To see photos of the roadworks beginning, see the gallery at the top-right of this page.

9 comments

  • You can usually tell the importance or lack of importance for any 'scheme' proposed by councils by the name they give it --- look at this one: Dereham Road Bus Rapid Transit route !! Part of - wait for it - "the Transport for Norwich plans .... the Norwich Area Transport Strategy .. .." How much did it cost for a Communications Consultant Company to think those up? I am sure your readers could come up with more appropriate acronyms.

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    Patrick

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • All the protests to the Council saved the right turns on Dereham into Old Palace and Heigham Roads, now lets see if protesting over the bus lane on Chapel Field North can save more destruction of Chapel Field Gardens

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    Rorping

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Oh great! just revamped the 2122 bus service, and guess what - no change because of roadworks! Can this council get anything right? Here's to more delayed buses to Old Catton and return!

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    biglingers

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • All traffic planning is designed to maximise inconvenience to the motorist,and facilitate the passage of buses.Norwich has become a dog's breakfast of crackpot traffic schemes,this is just the latest instalment,paid for of course by the long suffering council taxpayer! I avoid driving into the city like the plague,but my heart goes out to those who have no alternative,especially taxi drivers whose vehicles are already being damaged by the proliferation of road humps.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Once the bus lanes are in and the CCTV cameras are installed they will soon recoup their outlay with all the bus lane fines. Most councils install bus lanes as a means of revenue generation rather than anything else.

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Just to add to the conjestion already caused by the rediculus bus lane at Dereham Rd that has already been installed! Traffic squshed into one lane and lights that change so quickly. Well done Councillores and traffic experts! Well done your getting towards your goal of traffic gridlock to justify even more road closures!

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    City Boy

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Brilliant for any of you who would like to get in to the City on time, on a bicycle and in the bus lane.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Don't they have enough priority already without the need to steal more Tarmac from the motorist?

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Just take a look at the Airport Park and Ride terminal to see how good the Council is at managing anything. The bus terminal is at one end of the car park rather than in the middle, which means most people have get soaked when it's raining as there's no covered walkways. To compound this problem, the Council has helpfully leased most of the spaces nearest to the terminal to RBS - why couldn't they use the spaces furthest away?? And, of course, when you reach the multi-million pound terminal, you will have to go round it to reach the buses because having spent all that money providing a nice building with waiting rooms, ticket and information office, toilets etc, you'll find it's all locked up because the Council says it can't afford to run it! What a joke - they find millions to spend on high profile capital projects then can't find a few quid to run them properly!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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