Bridge Road partially closed as work on Oulton Broad gas mains begins

Work has started to replace ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad, causing three weeks of delays for driv

Work has started to replace ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad, causing three weeks of delays for drivers. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The second phase of work to improve ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad has got under way.

Work has started to replace ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad, causing three weeks of delays for driv

Work has started to replace ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad, causing three weeks of delays for drivers. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Cadent, formally known as National Grid, returned to Bridge Road on Monday, October 23, to complete work started in the spring.

Partial road closures and diversions are in place to allow the work to be carried out safely.

Work is being carried out from the roundabout on Normanston Drive leading to Bridge Road and ending just before the junction with Harbour Road.

A lane closure is in place for traffic moving southbound from the roundabout to Harbour Road junction which has created a one-way system for drivers.

Bridge Road gas works. Image courtesy of Oulton Broad Parish Council.

Bridge Road gas works. Image courtesy of Oulton Broad Parish Council. - Credit: Archant


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The work is scheduled to last around three weeks and should be completed by Saturday, November 11.

Roadside parking in Bridge Road remains open as normal and the Harbour Road junction is also unaffected.

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An overnight closure on the railway line will be taking place on Sunday, November 5.

The diversion which was previously in place when work was under way during the spring has been reassessed to ensure the large volume of traffic seen then is not repeated.

The direction of the road closure has been swapped, from north to south, meaning traffic can travel north up Bridge Road as normal.

It is hoped this swap will also ensure the high traffic experienced previously between Commodore Road and Prospect Road will not be repeated.

There are signs in place to direct drivers along diversions heading south to Oulton Broad over the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft.

For traffic heading south over the Bascule Bridge two lanes are open all day, with one lane open for north traffic.

Drivers travelling north are being encouraged to use the Oulton Broad route to reduce the volume of traffic in the town.

The railway crossing in Oulton Broad is open for vehicular traffic heading north subject to usual train movements.

Bridge Road, from the railway line to the Wherry roundabout has also remained open as normal with two-way, north and south, traffic.

How is the work impacting you? Email your thoughts to lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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