Norwich city centre road junction to shut for seven nights

The junction of Golden Ball Street / Ber Street and Timber Hill, which is to shut for seven nights.

The junction of Golden Ball Street / Ber Street and Timber Hill, which is to shut for seven nights. Pic: Dan Grimmer - Credit: Archant

Drivers will face further disruption when a city centre road junction is closed for seven nights next month as work to shake up how traffic uses Norwich continues.

There will be overnight road closures at the junction of Ber Street, Golden Ball Street and Timber Hill between 7pm and 7am from Monday, February 7 until Monday, February 13.

The work is the latest phase of the £3m Transport for Norwich project which has seen major changes to roads in the city centre, such as the pedestrianisation of Westlegate.

The closures are needed so a new raised table and signal controlled pedestrian crossing can be built on Ber Street, near the Golden Ball Street junction.

The carriageway will be resurfaced and new road markings will be laid down, with the pedestrian crossing itself due to be put in place later next month.

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It will also see a new turning area created in All Saints Green, by its junction with Westlegate. All Saints Street is being pedestrianised as part of the scheme.

During the closures, the alternative route for southbound traffic (heading towards Ber Street) will be via Rouen Road, King Street, Bracondale and Ber Street.

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The alternative route for northbound traffic (heading towards Cattle Market Street) will be via Ber Street, Bracondale, King Street, Koblenz Avenue, Riverside, Prince of Wales Road, Rose Lane and Cattle Market Street.

Timber Hill will be temporarily shut, except for access, on two nights during the closures. The one way restriction on the street will be removed for that period, so access for deliveries and residents will be via Farmers Avenue and Orford Street,

And All Saints Green, from its junction with Surrey Street to its junction with Westlegate will be temporarily shut, with access for deliveries on Westlegate via Red Lion Street.

The Transport for Norwich scheme has been criticised by some, who say it is preventing traffic from getting to the city centre.

But council officers say it will help to stabilise traffic levels and will encourage the use of more sustainable transport, such as buses, cycling and walking.

Bosses at First buses last week said the changes had increased their passenger numbers.

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