Norwich drivers face further disruption with seven weeks of work on key city roads

Finkelgate which is to close for eight weeks from the 1st August, despite having just been resurface

Finkelgate which is to close for eight weeks from the 1st August, despite having just been resurfaced. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Drivers are facing weeks of disruption on Norwich's ring road and at a key junction, as the major-shake up of how traffic uses the city centre continues.

Monday will see the start of £300,000 of work in Finkelgate, which will mean a lane in each direction on Queens Road - the city's inner ring road - will be shut for seven weeks.

Finkelgate itself will be closed in the direction leading from Queens Road to Ber Street for five weeks. Traffic leaving the city centre will still be able to use Finkelgate to go from Ber Street to Queens Road.

There will also be night-time closures on Ber Street from the junction with Mariners Lane to the junction with Bracondale, although details have yet to be confirmed.

A new mini roundabout and a new set of traffic lights are to be installed as a way to deal with the expected increase of almost 20pc in traffic at Finkelgate because of the multi-million pound Transport for Norwich project.

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That project has made Golden Ball Street two-way and seen the closure of Westlegate and Thorn Lane. All Saints Green will be closed at a future date.

The work comes just after new surface dressing was applied in Finkelgate last Sunday. But a spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said that would not have to be ripped up for the future changes.

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She said: 'Recent surface dressing of Finkelgate was carried out as part of essential maintenance and programmed to prepare the area for forthcoming changes to its layout.

'By timing the work in this way, the cost of removing existing road markings has been saved and it will also avoid a return visit for surface dressing contractors, helping to minimise disruption in the area.

'None of the newly-dressed parts of Finkelgate should be affected by the forthcoming work.'

The first stage of the work is due to be completed by Monday, September 19, but five further days of work will be needed in October for changes to an island on Hall Road at the junction with Queens Road.

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