Traffic to be banned from more Norwich city centre streets, with work starting next month
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Traffic will be banned from more Norwich city centre streets from next month, in the final phase of a multi-million pound shake-up.
All Saints Street and part of All Saints Green, outside John Lewis, will be permanently closed in the next stage of a £3m project.
That scheme has already seen Westlegate pedestrianised and changes made to Golden Ball Street, Rouen Road, Ber Street, Thorn Lane and Farmers Avenue.
Bosses behind the Transport for Norwich scheme say the final phase of the project will make All Saints Green an 'attractive traffic-free open space' and will also put in place more parking provision for disabled drivers.
It will mean that, from Tuesday, January 3, all southbound traffic on Golden Ball Street will only be able to get to the inner ring road via Ber Street.
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And the following month, drivers will face extra disruption. From Monday, February 6 until Sunday, February 12, the junction of Ber Street, Golden Ball Street and Timer Hill will be temporarily closed from 7pm to 7am each night.
During the closure for those works, the alternative route for Golden Ball Street southbound traffic (heading towards Ber Street) will be via Market Avenue, Agricultural Hall Plain, Prince of Wales Road, Riverside, Koblenz Avenue, King Street, Bracondale and Ber Street.
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The alternative route for Golden Ball Street northbound traffic (heading towards Cattle Market Street) will be via Bracondale, King Street, Koblenz Avenue, Riverside, Prince of Wales Road, Rose Lane and Cattle Market Street.
That is so a new raised table, signal-controlled crossing can be built on Ber Street, by its junction with Golden Ball Street and Timber Hill.
The work will include the removal of the temporary mini roundabout at the junction, and installation of new kerbs across the junction with All Saints Street. The carriageway and footpaths will be resurfaced.
All Saints Street, which connects Ber Street to All Saints Green, will be pedestrianised, with new paving slabs and other surfacing in front of John Lewis.
A new turning area will be built at the junction of All Saints Green with Westlegate, while, on Ber Street, outside John Lewis, the coach bay will be modified with new disabled parking bays installed.
Council bosses say the work is designed to help increase footfall in the area, boosting trade to local businesses and creating a public space for everyone visiting the city to enjoy.
And on Wednesday, January 4 work will start on a shared-use pedestrian and cycle path in Newmarket Road.
The section of the existing path that runs out of the city between Daniels Road and the area opposite the Unthank Road junction will be widened and resurfaced.
Priority cycle crossings across side roads will also be put in place to provide an uninterrupted route along this part of the A11 – one of the main sections of the blue pedalway, which connects Wymondham, Hethersett and Cringleford with Norwich.
That work is likely to continue until April.
Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee, said: 'Changes to the Golden Ball Street area of the city centre are on the home straight now and we can look forward to seeing the full benefits it will bring to this part of Norwich.
'Improvements to cycling infrastructure on Newmarket Road will, I'm sure, also be welcomed by the increasing number of people using this route.
'Delivery of both projects has been designed to minimise disruption as much as possible but we do apologise for any inconvenience caused to road users.
'Please plan your journeys using the information available and allow extra time while the work takes place.'