City centre street to close again after planning “oversight” to move traffic island eight metres down hill

Cattle Market Street, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cattle Market Street, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An 'oversight' in planning has meant Cattle Market Street will be torn up once again for a traffic island to be moved eight metres down the hill.

It is the second U-turn in as many months to correct mistakes made in the upgrades around Rouen Road and Cattle Market Street in the Transport for Norwich scheme, after pedestrians began tripping over traffic segregators.

Next month roadworks will return to the junction, with the mistake in the siting of the traffic island identified after vehicles repeatedly clipped the corner and long vehicles had trouble turning.

With the original project running at a cost of £3.055m, planners believe the additional work will remain within budget.

Work on moving the traffic island -expected to last 26 days - will begin on Tuesday, October 4, and as of Wednesday, October 19, the northbound lane of Cattle Market Street will be closed between Rouen Road and Market Avenue.

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During the closure, the alternative route will be via Rouen Road, King Street, Carrow Road, Koblenz Avenue, Riverside, Prince of Wales Road and Rose Lane.

There will be temporary traffic lights in place at the junction of King Street with Carrow Road to control the additional traffic from King Street during the temporary closure of Cattle Market Street northbound lane.

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The southbound mandatory cycle lane on Cattle Market Street/Golden Ball Street will be closed for the duration of the work, southbound cyclists will need to either use the general traffic lane or dismount.

The uncontrolled crossing island on Cattle Market Street, adjacent to the Rouen Road junction, will be closed during the work, with pedestrians being directed to the controlled crossing further down Cattle Market Street by the Castle Mall entrance.

A spokesperson for Transport for Norwich said: 'The original design for the traffic island was extended to provide more space for cyclists crossing from the Farmers Avenue cycle link. Unfortunately, an oversight in the redesign meant the space for turning right from Rouen Road was not recalculated and this resulted in some longer vehicles struggling to get around the new island.

'We sincerely apologise for any disruption work to correct this issue causes. Reconstruction of the traffic island will be funded from the Golden Ball Street scheme as a whole, which remains within budget.'

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