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Families face more late night disruption due to Norwich road resurfacing

PUBLISHED: 16:01 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 27 March 2018

Evening resurfacing work in Grove Road prompted a protest from an angry resident. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

Evening resurfacing work in Grove Road prompted a protest from an angry resident. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

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Families are facing even more late night and early morning disruption because of resurfacing work on a Norwich road.

As part of a revamp for the Queens Road/Brazen Gate/All Saints Green/Grove Road area of the city, work was done on parts of Brazen Gate and Grove Road on Friday night, starting at 7pm and continuing until the early hours.

That sparked one woman who lives nearby to stage a protest by standing in front of the vehicles carrying out the work. Police were called and the work continued.

The woman who took part in Friday’s protest, who did not want to be named said afterwards: “It’s just ridiculous, doing it at this time of the night. The whole house is shaking because of the vibrations.”

Work was also carried out on Sunday afternoon and evening. But now an extra overnight shift has been added between 7pm and 3am tonight to put the final layer of asphalt on the previously prepared area of Brazen Gate near to Sainsbury’s.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: “With work of this kind, we have to balance the need of those in the immediate area with the wider impact on the city’s transport network.

“Overnight work has been programmed as part of the Brazen Gate scheme to minimise disruption to general traffic flow on the ring road, particularly at peak times.

“As part of this, we have also aimed to minimise impact on residents, for example by carrying out noisier work as early in the evening as possible.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank everyone affected for their patience as we enter the final phase of the project.”

Work in the area started in January, part of a £670,000 Transport for Norwich scheme, which has also caused delays on Queens Road, with temporary traffic lights in place.

The work includes: installing a camera to enforce the Grove Road bus gate; replacing the signal crossing on Grove Road with a zebra crossing; a new zebra crossing on Brazen Gate; new cycle lanes in Brazen Gate and All Saints Green and modifications to the pedestrian crossings at Queens Road junction.

The good news for motorists and families living nearby is that all the work should be completed by Monday, April 9.

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