Drivers face 13 weeks of disruption as work on £285,000 traffic shake-up in Cringleford starts

The bridge at Cringleford, which will have traffic lights installed as part of a new scheme. Picture

The bridge at Cringleford, which will have traffic lights installed as part of a new scheme. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Work is under way on a traffic shake-up which will bring 13 weeks of disruption on the edge of Norwich.

The planned work in Cringleford. Pic: Robert McVicar.

The planned work in Cringleford. Pic: Robert McVicar. - Credit: Archant

The work in Cringleford, which is part of the multi-million pound Transport for Norwich project, will mean road closures, lane closures and temporary traffic lights for much of the summer.

It started this morning and will continue until Saturday, August 19. It will mean closures of Newmarket Road, Colney Lane and Intwood Road at various stages during the work.

There will also be two-way traffic lights on Cringleford Bridge for nine weeks and at the Newmarket Road/Intwood Road junction for six weeks.

The work will see the priority system over Cringleford Bridge replaced with permanent traffic lights, new zebra crossings put in place over Colney Lane and Newmarket Road in Cringleford, new lighting on the footbridge and preparatory work for the introduction of a 20mph speed limit and traffic calming.

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Council bosses said that the work, once completed, would help to improve traffic flow on Cringleford Road bridge during peak times.

They said it would improve safety for all road users and forms part of the Transport for Norwich project to make it easier for cyclists to get around the city.

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The scheme will cost £285,000, with the money coming from a combination of Cycle City Ambition grant, Local Growth Fund and local developer contributions.

As reported, the work was originally meant to start in April.

However that was delayed because connected work in Eaton had to be put on hold when it became clear the money budgeted for the scheme would not be enough to complete everything planned.

A council spokesman said: 'In terms of the Eaton phase of work, this is being looked at again to address previous cost issues associated with construction of the original proposals.

'This includes revisiting consultation feedback and deciding which aspects of the scheme deliver the greatest benefits to the area, while also providing value for money.'

The Transport for Norwich scheme includes the Northern Distributor Road and changes to roads such as Westlegate, Newmarket Road and Golden Ball Street.

And, next week, another phase of the project will see 13 weeks of work on part of Norwich's ring road.The work in Mile Cross Lane and Catton Grove Road, starting on Tuesday, May 30, will see a road closure, lane closures, temporary traffic lights and reduced speed limits.

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