WITH motorists in Lowestoft facing up to eight weeks of disruption on one of the town’s busiest roads, police have urged locals to allow for extra time for their journeys.

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A lane was closed off this week on a stretch of the dual-carriageway A12 Belvedere Road as National Grid engineers began work reinforcing part of the underground gas network by installing a new steel pipe, and with reports of traffic congestion at peak times during the day police have issued a warning to motorists.

The work – which is scheduled to continue until the end of March – will see northbound traffic on Belvedere Road restricted to one lane on the approach to the Bascule Bridge while southbound traffic will flow from one lane on the bridge into two lanes on Belvedere Road 24 hours a day.

The National Grid says it has worked closely with Suffolk County Council to minimise disruption and has sent letters to nearby businesses informing them of the work, which will also be carried out in Pier Terrace.

It says that once the new steel pipe is installed it should last until the end of the century.

Project manager Karl Shipp said: “We appreciate that this is a busy route so we ask road users to allow extra time for their journey. “This will be a short-term inconvenience for a long-term benefit.”

Part of the reinforced gas pipe will be laid through an existing tunnel under Lake Lothing at the harbour’s mouth.

Speaking after traffic problems led to major delays last night, Lowestoft Inspector Anthony Bridgland said; “We are aware there was significant traffic congestion and we’d ask that motorists bear in mind there may be delays in the centre of the town with a knock-on effect through Oulton Broad while the work is carried out.

“If you can avoid the area at peak times please do so, but we know that many people coming in and going home from work are likely to be travelling then and therefore we may all need to leave extra time for our journeys and be patient.

“From a policing perspective we are deploying officers in both the north and south of the town to ensure our response times are not affected and that we continue to function normally,” Insp Bridgland said.

● Have you been affected by the disruption? E-mail reporter anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • As usual no problems on a bicycle...

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    BlueRobin

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Why the hell have they made the bridge only one lane north and then back into two lanes once you hit belvedere road this makes no sence at all. I can understand it being one lane north but why one lane south when this area is unafected. It took nearly 2 hours to travel from st peters street to the bridge last night. This is an absolute disgrace please reopen the second lane to southbound traffic why bloody close it when you don't need to.

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    vinny.p

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Sorry I meant to say why have they made it only one lane south. There is no edit post on this site. Also the traffic lights at belvedere road are a joke only letting about 10 cars at a time across this town is a joke along with its traffic lights.

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    vinny.p

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Woud be possible to get away with one lane if it was ot for the constant starting and stopping with needless traffic lights. Block off the access to the relief road outside the Hollywood Cinema, make people join at Asda roundabout and keep the lights outside Notleys green for the spine road all the time with just the pedestrian crossing stoppoing he traffic when required. Another point, why do pedestrian crossings have to be a short distance from junction lights, put them at the junctions as part of the light cycle with sensors.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Thoreauwasright

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • After a lifetime of living in Lowestoft, I moved away last Summer (2012) and have no regrets. I miss being by the sea, but I don't miss the long queues of traffic at the Bascule Bridge or the extra slow crawl through Oulton Broad all of which were a nightmare. Every year it's the same, disruption, mayhem, aggravation ..... who needs it, not me that's for sure. I think I've had a lucky escape from all that trauma. Best of luck.

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    gaz

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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