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Key roundabout closure causes traffic disruption

PUBLISHED: 17:30 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:32 31 May 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/Sweet Briar Road roundabout is completely closed between Monday, May 28 and Friday, June 1, so the revamped roundabout can be resurfaced.

Aerial shot of Sweet Briar Road roundabout in Norwich on May 28. PHOTO: Mike Page.Aerial shot of Sweet Briar Road roundabout in Norwich on May 28. PHOTO: Mike Page.

Queues on Low Road, Hellesdon Road and Marl Pit Lane added at least an extra 25 minutes to journeys towards Dereham Road, and queues in Earlham Green Lane and Larkman Lane were adding an extra 10-15 minutes at 8am on Tuesday morning.

At 8.50am there were an extra half hour on journeys out of the city from Earlham Green Lane onto Larkman Lane.

Further disruption was caused by a bridge with a weight restriction on Marlpit Lane in New Costessey, which many lorry drivers were unaware of.

Konect Buses have said their number five route is unable to serve stops on Dereham Road between Larkman Lane and Holly Drive this week. First Bus routes 21, 22, 23/23A, 24/24A and 26 are also affected.

A Transport for Norwich spokesman said: “This is the first normal working day since the closure began and we’re still responding to the impact on the network and feedback from the public to iron out any areas of confusion.

“We understand that this is frustrating for all those affected and appreciate people’s continued patience. We’ll continue to monitor the situation throughout work to keep traffic moving as well as possible.”

Monday’s work included building up the roundabout to the new height and adjusting and replacing manhole covers to fit the surface.

Mel Lacey, a retired police officer from Costessey, often visits a family member who lives on Dereham Road.

He said: “There’s no sense to it. To get there you have to go through a very large housing estate where children are on holiday - sending hundreds of cars through is an absolutely unnecessary road safety risk. I would like the bosses to explain why they took that position.”

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

Carole Jacques, head of Earlham Early Years Centre, said: “We haven’t seen a massive difference. A couple of people said they would give it a miss today but when I was out there it was being managed beautifully.”

Traffic continues to be busy, especially around Marl Pit Lane on Wednesday morning.

For more information visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/major-projects-and-improvement-plans/norwich

Many lorry drivers were unaware that Marl Pit Bridge has weight restrictions, adding to the disruption in the Hellesdon area. PHOTO: Karl Thornhill.Many lorry drivers were unaware that Marl Pit Bridge has weight restrictions, adding to the disruption in the Hellesdon area. PHOTO: Karl Thornhill.

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


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