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Repair work starts on Norwich NDR roundabout after spate of crashes

PUBLISHED: 07:35 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 September 2018

Repair work is to be done to the Wroxham Road roundabout on the NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Repair work is to be done to the Wroxham Road roundabout on the NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Work starts today to replace damaged signs, fences and kerbs on part of the £205m Norwich Northern Distributor Road, following a spate of crashes.

The work on the Wroxham Road roundabout of the road, now known as the Broadland Northway, is due to last all week and will be done outside of peak hours during the day.

The road will remain open at all times however one lane on each of the approaches to the roundabout will be closed from approximately 9am and opened at approximately 4pm each day.

While the lane closures are in place for the repairs Norfolk County Council will also take the opportunity to carry out a number of extra work.

Extra countdown signage will be installed and some tweaks will be made to the white lines to help drivers to use the Wroxham Road roundabout on the Broadland Northway as intended.

Also, more trees and shrubs will be planted and grass cutting and pruning will be done while contractors are on site.

The council says the work is being carried out following a careful review of the video monitoring that has been under way in the area.

Despite some critics attacking the design of roundabouts, council bosses say issues have been caused by some drivers approaching the roundabout too fast, and vehicles crossing paths as one of them left the roundabout.

Council bosses say the countdown markers that were installed at the Airport roundabout in July have already proved successful in helping to remind drivers to slow down on approaching the junction.

They hope that installing similar additional reminders at the Wroxham Road roundabout will have the same effect.

The cost of the work is expected to be approximately £20,000.

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