Roadworks leave Wymondham gridlocked

Motorists were today told to “think long term” after new roadworks left their market town gridlocked - and will continue to do so for 10 weeks.

Motorists were today told to “think long term” after new roadworks left their market town gridlocked - and will continue to do so for 10 weeks.

Tuttles Lane in Wymondham had been single-lane for a number of weeks while new footpaths were built but since Thursday has been closed completely for the next stage of works, projected to last 2½ months.

Traffic ground to a halt in the north of the town - and queues of vehicles have stretched back to the A11 ever since.

Highways officials today admitted there had been “teething troubles” but said that there was no chance of night-working because of the complexity of the operation.

A spokeswoman said there would have been even worse problems had four-way traffic lights, the only other option, been put in place along the road, which leads to a Waitrose supermarket and the Norfolk police headquarters.

People in the town suggested that engineers implement a system of nightworking, as happened in Diss in the autumn when the town became gridlocked while road surfacing took place.

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But highways spokeswoman Melanie Dye said: “We did consider nightworking but the situation isn't the same as in Diss. You can cover resurfacing work in the daytime but here there is excavation work going on, which prevents people using the road. It is also too noisy to do in residential areas at night.”

The only vehicles allowed to use the road during the works will be police vehicles showing blue lights and sounding sirens, needing to get to and from force headquarters.

Wymondham mayor Joe Mooney said: “I've had a few complaints about this already and there's no doubt that it's going to inconvenience people but I'd ask them to be patient. People have to think of the end result, which will be dramatically-improved traffic flow.”