Queuing around Chapel Field North as 14 weeks of work begins

Monday, July 7, 2014
12:07 PM

Drivers faced heavy queues this morning as up to 14 weeks of work began on Chapel Field North in Norwich.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The street will be shut to vehicles and pedestrians for the next 12 to 14 weeks as car part of carriageway widening to make the road two-way, the removal of the footway on the south side, the reconstruction and widening of the northern footway and resurfacing of the carriageway.

Cars were queuing along Chapel Field East and Theatre Street heading towards the city centre this morning as well as the corner of Bethel Street.

While Chapel Field North will be shut, access will remain to properties along the road from Little Bethel Street or Theatre Street.

During the road closure, the exit from Little Bethel Street will be to Theatre Street rather than to the Grapes Hill roundabout. Pedestrians and cyclists will be redirected along the new path that has recently been constructed in Chapelfield Gardens.

Drivers will not be able to cross the city centre using Westlegate, Rampant Horse Street, Theatre Street and Chapel Field North (ie heading north-west from John Lewis, passing the Theatre Royal and Chapelfield Gardens to Grapes Hill roundabout).

The scheme also involves making Cleveland Road and Bethel Street two-way. Work at the Grapes Hill roundabout and on Cleveland Road is also due to start on Monday. Changes to two-way operation will allow the permanent closure of Little Bethel Street to vehicles.

The changes are part of the £1.7m Transport for Norwich scheme, which will ultimately also see general traffic banned from St Stephens Street. A new bus lane has been put in place on Grapes Hill as part of the project.

19 comments

  • @Andy T traffic will never improve. What this will do is not about traffic though, its about making space nice and enjoyable and encouraging people to visit the city.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Whoever drew up the Norwich one way system was, to be kind, impaired. They obviously didn't drive. With the works going on for the next 12 - 14 weeks, does anyone really thing the trafic will improve, especially as they introduce road closures elsewhere. @DEE good idea. Take a day off work to wait for the bike to be delivered.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Andy T

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I don't think it will be anymore "difficult" to drive into the city centre than it already is. I think anybody expecting to drive into the city centre unhindered at 11am on a Saturday morning for instance, and see swathes of empty car parking spaces and perfectly laid ribbons of tarmac is naive. The car has been no.1 for fifty odd years in terms of road planning and look where its got us.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    frank young

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Wondered what they were all waiting for as I wafted past on my trusty bicycle.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    frank young

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Norwich city council are killing the city centre , public transport is too expensive , the only people who use buses are people who get some kind of excemption Norwich city shopping is nothing special - I suggest go to a proper shopping experience (Bluewater etc) or do online shopping

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Norwich

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • When did local government ever do anything that was sensible or logical? As I have said in previous postings it will be local businesses that will suffer! I find it astonishing that anyone could make the crazy Norwich traffic system worse,but they are achieving it, and it's your money they are spending to do it!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Harry Rabinowitz

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • It would surely be more sensible to stop the traffic coming from westlegate into theatre street, rather than let them get that far and have to turn around, stupidity

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    teresak

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Will Norwich city centre ever be free of roadworks? not while buses and bicycles rule! Once I can beat the bureaucracy (hmr+c,solicitors etc), I will be out of here - thankfully

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    biglingers

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Monkeynuts, I said no consideration is given to people with restricted mobility, that's includes your feet for walking

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • @Derek McDonald They are not really doing this for cyclists, they are doing it for pedestrians primarily. Making the city a nicer, cleaner, safer place to visit. All the usual car parking spaces will still be available, all you need to do is use your feet a little bit.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    monkeynuts

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • @So_Many_Haters! 6miles? give over. If by chance it upsets you so much that you might have to carry a child's bike a few miles don't visit the town to buy it. Your little problem wont concern 99% of PedelRevs customers anyway. Im also pretty sure PedelRev deliver. So walk there, order it and get it delivered if its a problem.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    monkeynuts

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • in reply to S_M_H : Perhaps get the child's bike delivered to your home, From Amazon, ebay, halfords, ToysRUs.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Dee

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • So after the 14 weeks or whatever .. and a little longer to try it out .. if traffic is just as congested we can say with a sigh of satisfaction: "That was a good use of £1.7million"

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Patrick

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • After seeing the disaster that has become of the lane routing on the Earlham Road Unthank Road Grapes Hill roundabouts - really "looking forward" to the result of these works. How about spending some money on filling in some pot holes?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    James Finnie

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Piranha24 - and if you're not walking? Say, you're picking up a bike for your child's birthday and don't want to carry the box six miles home? Perfectly legitimate reason for driving the car to that location.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • if you go to Pedal Revolution park in Upper St Giles or St Giles St and walk across the road, then you can cut through to Pottergate, St Benedicts and round by Toys R Us. Not difficult.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Piranha24

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • So, if you go to somewhere like Pedal Revolution, to get back to Dereham Road you've got to either Red Lion, Golden Ball, Market, Bank Plain, St Andrews and Barn Road, or Gaol Hill, Exchange, St Andrews and Barn Road. Hardly improving traffic flow over the next 14 weeks? It's going to increase the response time by the police, as well, as they're trapped in Bethal Street and having to take the long route as well.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Just another scheme to keeps motorists out of our City, as long as cyclists get looked after that's all they worry about. Use public transport they say, most buses stop running after about '1900, and no consideration for people who cant get about because of restricted mobility

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Another traffic and travel disaster. I expect they'll put the bus fares up again as soon as it's all finished. They are already the most expensive in the country. How much discount will local residents get on their road tax next year?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Max Headroom

    Monday, July 7, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT