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Safety at junction to be improved

PUBLISHED: 15:40 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

A junction to the north of Norwich which has been the scene of 10 accidents involving injury in the past three years is set to be significantly improved thanks to a £189,000 investment by Norfolk County Council.

A junction to the north of Norwich which has been the scene of 10 accidents involving injury in the past three years is set to be significantly improved thanks to a £189,000 investment by Norfolk County Council.

Work will begin on Monday (June 12) to convert the existing crossroads at the junction of the B1149 Holt Road and Short Thorn Road to a staggered layout. The improvements will take approximately 14 weeks to complete.

The current crossroads has been a persistent accident cluster site due primarily to the high volume of traffic using it as an orbital route around Norwich and these have continued despite previous attempts to improve visibility.

Nine of the ten accidents involved slight injuries and there have been no fatalities at the scene.

Introducing a staggered junction approximately 200 metres of the western leg of Short Thorn Road will separate conflicting movements and improve visibility for drivers emerging from the side roads.

To enable the work to take place safely it will be necessary to have temporary traffic signals in operation to control traffic for part of the works period. A one-week closure of the western leg of Short Thorn Road, for which a signed diversion route will be in place, will also be necessary towards the end of the contract to complete the surfacing works. The County Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

County councillor Adrian Gunson, Cabinet member for Planning and Transportation, said: "We have a good record in Norfolk of improving safety at junctions such as this by using our resources to provide good value for council taxpayers.

"This location has proved a particular problem in the past and I am very pleased that we are taking signficant action to make it safer for local people to use."

Norfolk County Council's (Operations Group) and May Gurney Ltd will be carrying out the work under the County Council's Strategic Partnership.


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