Work to iron out problems with road surface on Norwich’s Tombland resumes
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
Work to iron out problems with the road surfacing with a £900,000 plus project in a Norwich city centre street has restarted.
Work to make Tombland safer for cyclists began in May as part of the £5.7m citywide Push The Pedalways project, with road closures and changes a headache for drivers until the new-look area reopened last month.
But earlier this month, the contractors behind the Norwich City Council project – which was initially estimated to cost £360,000 but rose to £974,000 – admitted they had discovered problems with the surfacing work.
Temporary repair work was carried out by contractors Tarmac on December 7, but Tarmac workers are carrying out more work.
That meant the road had to shut from 8.30pm last night until 7am this morning, with diversions put in place. It is due to shut again at 8.30pm tonight, reopening at 7am tomorrow.
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If required, remaining work will have to be done off peak in the daytime on Wednesday. At that time the road will not be closed, but traffic management measures will be in place.
Tarmac said it - not Norwich City Council - will cover the cost of putting the problem right and that an investigation had been launched into the cause.
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Once this work is done, that will not be the end of the disruption, as further work will need to take place in the New Year.
Bert Bremner, Norwich City Council's cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: 'We are obviously very disappointed that there is an issue with the recently laid road surface in Tombland. Tarmac has responded promptly to the situation and we are assured that they will carry out the necessary work to rectify the problem quickly and with as little disruption to the public as possible. We will be monitoring progress of this carefully.'
The Tombland project included the replacement of the roundabout with a new junction that sees traffic from Palace Street giving way, and removing the traffic island in front of Erpingham Gate.
It was part of changes to the pink pedalway route - an eight-mile cycle route stretching from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and University of East Anglia, through the city centre, to Heartsease and Broadland.
The scheme has been controversial and last week, members of Norwich City Council's scrutiny committee agreed to investigate the issues which had been raised, ahead of work on two further routes.