Tarmac trouble means Norwich road will have to be shut

Hall Road in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Hall Road in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Long-suffering city drivers are facing a fresh wave of disruption, with a road set to be resurfaced again because previous work was found to be substandard.

And, after Tarmac has put right work which failed in Hall Road last year, drivers will face yet further inconvenience in the same street - because of a £386,000 scheme to improve links for cyclists and pedestrians.

Hall Road is one of 10 locations in Norfolk where Tarmac discovered its asphalt had failed.

The company already had to resurface Tombland and The Avenues because of the problem and will return to Hall Road, Bessemer Road and Sandy Lane for up to six nights from Tuesday.

The roads will all be shut while the work is done, between 7pm and 5.30am.

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A spokeswoman for Tarmac said: 'We are making every effort to minimise disruption to local people and road users while we carry out essential resurfacing works at Hall Road, Bessemer Road and Sandy Lane.

'We're keeping local businesses, residents and the general public informed and appreciate their patience while we put the issue right.

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'We are extremely disappointed an issue with the surfacing has occurred and apologise for the inconvenience caused to our clients and the public.'

After that, from September 5, drivers will face more disruption in the area for 12 weeks.

That is because of a Norfolk County Council/Norwich City Council scheme to make the yellow pedalway cycle route, which stretches from he city centre north towards the airport and south to Lakenham, safer.

The work is not in the same place as the section being resurfaced.

It will see the 40mph speed limit on Hall Road cut to 30mph and a footpath on the east side of Hall Road turned into a shared cycleway/footway. There will also be new pedestrian islands installed.

During the work, a lane on Hall Road will have to be shut, while there will be temporary traffic lights and reduced speed limits.

Bessemer Road will shut at the junction with Hall Road for 10 days from September 19 to 30 and White Lodge Industrial Estate junction with Hall Road will be closed for 10 days from October 3 to 14.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: 'Our project on Hall Road will create a much safer environment for cyclists commuting to and from the University Technical College by keeping them away from general traffic.

'It will be a continuation of the existing shared-use cycle and pedestrian path, which was put in place as part of the new Asda development.

'We apologise for any inconvenience caused while work takes place but hope that people using the area enjoy the significant benefits it will bring on completion.'

City motorists have endured months of roadworks, including in Golden Ball Street and on roads affected by the construction of the Northern Distributor Road.

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