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Norwich roundabout reopens following five-day closure

PUBLISHED: 07:44 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:33 02 June 2018

The Dereham Road/ Sweet Briar Road roundabout is closed between May28th and June1st .
Picture: Nick Butcher

The Dereham Road/ Sweet Briar Road roundabout is closed between May28th and June1st . Picture: Nick Butcher

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The Dereham Road and Sweet Briar Road roundabout in Norwich has now reopened after it was closed for five days for resurfacing works to take place.

Bus operator Konectbus has tweeted that its services are returning to normal following the reopening of the roundabout.

@konectbuses tweeted: “Service 5 will revert to its normal route this morning following the closure of Sweet Briar Roundabout. All stops along Dereham Road will be served as normal. Thank you for your patience over the past week.”

The Norwich Bus Updates Twitter account has also tweeted: “Sweet Briar roundabout is now open. First 23/23A/24/24A & Konect 5 are all back to normal route and times.”

The closure had caused major disruption in the city and at least 25 minutes were added to journeys towards Dereham Road, while queues in Earlham Green Lane and Larkman Lane were adding an extra 10-15 minutes.

But Norfolk County Council said last night that workers were in the “last stages of lining and tidying up” and thanked those affected for their patience.

Work has included building the roundabout up to a new height and adjusting and replacing manhole covers to fit the surface.

Residents previously warned there would be “absolute chaos” if the work went ahead and questioned why it could not be done in smaller, less disruptive chunks.

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