End is finally in sight for long-suffering Hethersett motorists as roadworks set for completion

New Road at Hethersett which will be closed for two months at the junction with the B1172 Wymondham

New Road at Hethersett which will be closed for two months at the junction with the B1172 Wymondham to Hethersett road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

A village that has been marred by roadworks for months will finally see relief in May, with two major projects set for completion.

Resident Jacky Sutton and Head of Hethersett Junior School, Matthew Parslow-Williams, at the school

Resident Jacky Sutton and Head of Hethersett Junior School, Matthew Parslow-Williams, at the school entrance, where they are worried about the children's safety when New Road is closed and traffic will be increased on the road outside the school. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Residents of Hethersett have been plagued by traffic disruptions for several months, with various works leading to disruption, frustration and safety fears.

However, some of the pressure on the village's roads will be lifted next month, with the two projects due to be completed - one almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Transport for Norwich has confirmed works on a cycle path between Hethersett and Wymondham - which closed New Road last month - are ahead of schedule and due to finish in May, as opposed to June as originally expected.

A spokesman said: 'Work has been progressing quickly on the cycle path and as a result we're on track to re-open New Road the week of May 14 - two weeks ahead of schedule.


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'We would like to thank everyone affected for their continued patience while we work.'

Meanwhile, gasworks being carried out by Cadent, which have been in place since February, are also due for completion in May.

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These works - when complete - will end the company's second attempt at replacing mains under the Old A11 - the B1172.

A spokesman for Cadent said: 'Initially they attempted it in August and September of 2017 using insertion - a technique whereby they insert the new mains into the old pipes - this reduces the need for digging and hence is less disruptive.

'Unfortunately, as work progressed we found we could not maintain the required pressure to maintain gas supplies to the local area, so had to stop work and redesign the scheme to one where we dug trenches and laid the gas mains.'

The works restarted in February, with the project due for completion on Friday, May 8. Throughout this period, temporary lights were used to manage traffic.

A Hethersett resident said: 'People understand that sometimes utility companies will need to work on roads to deal with supply issues. But the constant cycle of digging up, repairing, digging up and repairing this particular stretch of road is absolutely farcical.'

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