One week to go! After five months and £3.3m, Norwich’s new pedestrianised area to open at All Saints Green
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The final days are being counted down until the opening of Norwich's newest car-free open space.
Shoppers have endured more than five months of construction and disruption while workers beavered away on the £3.3m project to make All Saints Green pedestrianised.
But, with intricate paving and flower-beds now emerging from behind the construction fences, Norwich City Council said the public open space would be completed within a week.
A spokesman for Transport for Norwich said: 'Improvements nearing completion in the city centre are designed to create a much more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists, helping to increase footfall and boost trade to local businesses.
'As we head into the summer months, we hope visitors will enjoy the transformation around Westlegate and make the most of this fantastic new public space.
'This project is part of a wider, ongoing programme of improvements in which we are working with Greater Norwich partners to improve transport infrastructure for all modes in and around the city.'
Up to £3m was set aside for the work, which included changes to Westlegate in January last year. But a council spokesman said the overall cost was now at £3.3m.
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The project's completion date is also said to be four weeks later than anticipated.
However, the council spokesman said this was mostly due to issues around on-site utilities, which led to some 'elements' being redesigned.
'The biggest challenge on-site has been working around the high number of pipes and ducting that serve utilities to the area,' the spokesman said.
The remaining work, which has been part of a wider project to improve transport infrastructure around the city, involves finishing the resurfacing of All Saints Street.
The Transport for Norwich scheme has already seen Westlegate pedestrianised and changes to Golden Ball Street, Rouen Road, Ber Street, Thorn Lane and Farmers Avenue.
Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), said: 'We need to embrace theses changes and make it work for the city. It will be interesting to see once complete how the area embeds itself to the behaviour of the city.'