Norwich drivers warned of city centre road closure, but better news on Vulcan Road South

Demolition work will start next week on a city centre home which began to collapse more than 15 months ago.

And drivers have been warned that Finkelgate in Norwich will be closed to traffic again from Monday. so the terraced house can be knocked down.

Finkelgate, which connects Queens Road with Ber Street, was forced to shut on Christmas Eve 2010 after cracks appeared in the house at number 16.

The road was closed for almost a year, but reopened in one direction in December last year. However, the road will need to shut again next week so demolition can take place.

Joanne Deverick, transportation manager at Norwich City Council said: 'Starting on Monday next week, the road will be closed again so the property can be demolished.

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'Once that is done, we will go back to the road being opened one way and some time in the summer we are looking for the road to be reopened.'

She said the council would have to pick up part of the bill, while a claim would be made against the insurers. And it has also emerged that work on Vulcan Road South, at the junction with Mile Cross Lane, is expected to be completed sooner than first thought. BT is moving an underground chamber as part of work at a new Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on the ring road, which has caused a headache for traders nearby.

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However, Ms Deverick said the road, which reopened for outbound traffic on Monday, could be reopened next week.

She said: 'They are making excellent progress and, hopefully, by the end of next week the road will be completely open, which would be two weeks ahead of schedule.'

Are roadworks making your life a misery? Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375, or email

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