Police concern for person's safety causes traffic mayhem on A47
PUBLISHED: 16:37 27 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:11 28 May 2019
Concerns for the safety of a member of the public prompted police to close the A47 in both directions near Norwich, causing traffic to halt to a standstill for more than two hours.
The road was closed both ways at around 3.45pm on Bank Holiday Monday between the A146 Loddon Road near Trowse and the A1270 Broadland Northway.
Officers were alerted to the safety of a person close to Broadland Business Park near Postwick.
Police were on the scene along with fire crews from Sprowston and Carrow and the ambulance service, and urged motorists to avoid the area in at tweet which was posted at 3.48pm.
The road closure caused traffic to come to a standstill for more than two-and-a-hours, with tailbacks stretching eight miles along the A47 between Trowse and Blofield,
Motorists stuck in the traffic took to social media to describe the chaos as they waited for police to reopen the road.
Det Con Kim Taylor, of Norfolk Police, was one such motorist. She tweeted: "Stuck in traffic due to an incident but I've just had half a dozen motorcycles pass me to get to the front of the queue only to turn around and drive the wrong way down the A47.... absolute madness #trafficchaos"
A picture posted on Twitter showed half a dozen people queued outside an ice cream van that was also stuck in the traffic jam.
Another picture showed rows of car parked along the verge with people waiting outside of their vehicles.
There were severe delays of up to 30 minutes on Yarmouth Road westbound, between Postwick and Blofield, with average speeds of five mph.
Diversions were put in place for motorists heading towards Norwich to ease the congestion before the road reopened at around 6.20pm.
A Norfolk police spokesman said: "The dual carriageway was closed from approximately 3.45pm, following concerns for the safety of a member of the public, close to the Broadland Business Park.
"Diversions were put in place at the A146 and Postwick junctions. Motorists were advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes."