Full details of the major roadworks planned to improve journeys in Great Yarmouth
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A £3.5m scheme to improve journeys in and out of Great Yarmouth is set to begin in just over a week.
There will be disruption at the Fullers Hill roundabout for 14 weeks from Monday, September 18.
A recently put up sign near the junction warns drivers to expect long delays.
The roundabout works are the first in series planned for the area known as the gateway to the town to enhance both its appearance and journeys into the town.
Running up until summer 2018, work will also be carried out to improve the forecourt at Great Yarmouth's train station and also the route to the Market Place via The Conge.
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A right hand turn will also be added to the route out of the station and the ASDA supermarket, easing pressure on the Vauxhall roundabout, as currently cars have to turn left and use the roundabout to head back towards the town centre and Caister.
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Here is a full list of the works:
Fullers Hill roundabout
What? Creating an extra lane on the roundabout by decreasing the size of the central island. An additional right-hand turn lane will also be put in on the North Quay approach.
When? From Monday, 18 September 2017 for around 14 weeks – scheduled to finish by Friday, 22 December.
Why? To increase the capacity of the roundabout and reduce congestion in general and particularly from the North Quay approach where often queues are particularly bad due to the volume of traffic wanting to get onto the A47.
When completed, people can expect fewer delays in the area and shorter, more reliable journey times.
Likely disruption: One lane closed on all roads approaching the roundabout for the duration of the works, so delays are likely, particularly in peak times. We hope to be able to suspend the work and remove the lane closures for the town's Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Fair on the weekend of 24 to 26 November.
There will be a need to close the roundabout and all approach roads overnight for five nights, these closures will take place towards the end of the works and are necessary to allow the roads to be resurfaced and repainted safely.
North Quay (rail station to market place improvements)
What? Providing better walking and cycling links between the rail station and the market place, and a widened route for pedestrians and cyclists on North Quay. Replacing the current staggered pedestrian crossing with an improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. Carriageway resurfacing works. Reduction in number (from two to one) of southbound lanes passing through the crossing from Fullers Hill roundabout towards Hall Quay – currently these merge into one lane a little further along the road so we expect this to have little impact.
When? From Monday, 30 October 2017 for 15 weeks - scheduled to finish by Tuesday, 20 February 2018.
Why? To make it easier and safer for people to get between the station and town centre on foot or by bike, and improving the environment along the way. Encouraging use of the rail station by visitors and residents.
Likely disruption: A reduction in the number of carriageway traffic lanes during construction whilst maintaining two-way traffic flows where possible, so delays are likely. Some of the adjacent/adjoining side roads will be temporarily closed during the construction works, although access will be maintained where possible. The dates for these closures will be advertised nearer the time.
Asda/railway station right-turn
What? To change the existing traffic signalised junction to provide a right turn lane out of the access road to the Asda superstore and the railway station onto Acle New Road.
When? From Monday, 8 January 2018 for 12 weeks - scheduled to finish by Friday, 30 March 2018.
Why? To reduce congestion and delays on Vauxhall Roundabout. The current traffic signal junction in and out of the railway station and Asda does not permit right turns, and drivers have to make a U-turn via the Vauxhall Roundabout to go in the direction of the town centre. The addition of a right turn lane will take this traffic off the roundabout, reducing congestion and shortening journey times.
Likely disruption: To be confirmed. This work will be funded by Highways England.
The Conge (rail station to market place improvements)
What? Providing better walking and cycling links between the rail station and the market place. Changing the junction with Howard Street to give priority to traffic on The Conge.
When? From Wednesday, 21 February 2018 for 11 weeks - scheduled to finish by Thursday, 10 May 2018.
Why? To make it easier and safer for people to get between the station and town centre on foot or by bike, and improving the environment along the way. Encouraging use of the rail station by visitors and residents. Improving the flow of traffic in the area giving priority to traffic on The Conge.
Likely disruption: Temporary traffic lights and temporary road closures are currently planned. Access will be maintained where possible.
Rail station forecourt (rail station to market place improvements)
What? Improving the layout, lighting, signage and 'street furniture' of the rail station forecourt along with installing features to help celebrate Great Yarmouth's heritage.
When? From Monday, 5 March 2018 for 11 weeks - scheduled to finish by Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
Why? To provide a more attractive and user-friendly layout to the train station forecourt. Creating a better first impression to those coming into the town by rail.
Likely disruption: Disruption to bus services and parking areas within the rail station. Also, some disruption is anticipated to through-traffic to and from Asda supermarket.
What? Developing a landscaped 'garden walk' between Vauxhall Bridge and North Quay along with landscaped planting areas on the station side of the bridge
When? To be confirmed
Why? To improve the look of the area and make it a more attractive space for pedestrians.
Likely disruption: To be confirmed.