Traffic lights set to be installed on busy Great Yarmouth roundabouts

Traffic lights could be installed on two major roaundabouts. Photo: Matthew User

Traffic lights could be installed on two major roaundabouts. Photo: Matthew User

Traffic lights are set to be installed on two busy roundabouts as part of plans to upgrade the A47.

Changes at roundabouts in Great Yarmouth as part of the £300m A47 improvements. Pic: Highways Englan

Changes at roundabouts in Great Yarmouth as part of the £300m A47 improvements. Pic: Highways England. - Credit: Highways England

The Vauxhall roundabout in Great Yarmouth will be controlled by signals and there will also be changes to the Gapton Hall roundabout as part of a £300m scheme to upgrade the major trunk road.

The news comes as a large banner was unfurled and displayed on the side of a footbridge near Gapton Hall bemoaning Great Yarmouth's traffic woes.

MORE: How the A47 will be changed through £300m improvements

A hoarding was strapped to the side of a footbridge over the former A12.

Changes which will happen to the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham. Pic: Highways England.

Changes which will happen to the A47 between Blofield and North Burlingham. Pic: Highways England. - Credit: Highways England


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It reads: 'Fed up with Gapton Hall traffic? Improve Gapton Hall roundabout. Stop the misery. What are GYBC and NCC doing about it?' The poster points to Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council for a solution, however spokespeople for both local authorities pointed out that as a major trunk route, the A47 is managed by Highways England, which is controlled by the government.

At the Vauxhall junction, at the start of the Acle Straight, a larger roundabout will be built.

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The bridge over the railway line will be widened to accommodate the widening of A47 from the southern approach.

There will be safety upgrades and possible improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

A banner has been put up near the Gapton Hall roundabout protesting after traffic on the A47 in Grea

A banner has been put up near the Gapton Hall roundabout protesting after traffic on the A47 in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Darren Weavers - Credit: Archant

At Gapton Hall a full set of traffic lights will be installed and people on foot or bike could also benefit from improvements.

The notorious bottleneck between Blofield and North Burlingham will also be upgraded from a single to a dual carriageway, following an alignment just south of the current road.

MORE: Banner put up over A47 roundabout bemoaning traffic woesThis will mean the A47 is dual carriageway all the way from Norwich to Acle, and Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft, leaving only the Acle Straight as a single-carriageway.

A new slip road at the Thickthorn interchange will mean drivers heading to or from Great Yarmouth will be able to avoid the roundabout junction with the A11, which is prone to congestion.

The Vauxhall Roundabout on the Acle New Road in Great Yarmouth.
April 2016.
Picture: James Bass

The Vauxhall Roundabout on the Acle New Road in Great Yarmouth. April 2016. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A group called the A47 Alliance, made up of representatives from local government and business, is now pushing for the Acle Straight to be dualled, and is hoping for secure cash in the next funding period.

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