One-way system to be introduced in Oulton Broad as second phase of work is carried out
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Drivers can expect three weeks of disruption as the second phase of work to improve ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad is carried out.
Partial road closures and diversions will be in place as Cadent, formally known as National Grid, will return to Bridge Road on Monday, October 23, to complete work started in the spring.
The work will be carried out from the roundabout on Normanston Drive leading to Bridge Road and ending just before the junction with Harbour Road.
A lane closure will be in place for traffic moving southbound from the roundabout to the Harbour Road junction, creating a one-way system for drivers.
Work will last around three weeks with a scheduled finish date of Saturday, November 11, and coincide with the October half-term break.
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A spokesman for Cadent said: 'Ageing gas mains in Bridge Road need to be replaced with more tough new pipes to help ensure local people keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.
'Work has been carefully planned and agreed with the local authorities to ensure it is delivered with as little disruption as possible.
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'Our preparatory work included carrying out an engineering survey to develop the best possible work plan.'
Traffic management will be in place during the project to allow work to be carried out safely.
The spokesman added: 'Our customer service team have written to local residents and if their gas supply is going to be affected by these works we will let them know in advance.'
Roadside parking in Bridge Road will remain open as normal and the Harbour Road junction too will be unaffected.
There will also be an overnight closure on the railway line on Sunday, November 5, to allow for a temporary gas pipe to be placed over the lines.
Andrew Page, a member of Oulton Broad Parish Council, is hopeful the work will not have the same negative impact seen previously.
He said: 'It cannot be guaranteed there will not be some delays or other issues but we believe it will not be as bad as we saw during the spring gas works. 'It is important people know they can still access Oulton Broad and its wonderful businesses.'
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The diversion route used in the spring caused large volumes of traffic in the town, so has been reassessed for the next phase of work.
By swapping the direction of the closure, from north to south, traffic will be able to travel north up Bridge Road as normal.
It is hoped that the swap will ensure the high traffic experienced previously between Commodore Road and Prospect Road will not be repeated.
Diversions for traffic heading south towards Oulton Broad will be signposted over the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft.
There will be two lanes open of the Bascule Bridge all day for traffic going south and one lane for north.
Traffic travelling north is encouraged to use the Oulton Broad route, to reduce traffic volumes in the town.
The railway crossing in Oulton Broad will remain open for vehicular traffic heading north, subject to normal train movements.
Bridge Road from the railway line to the Wherry roundabout will remain open as normal with two-way, north and south, traffic.