Norwich city centre roadworks latest: Rouen Road and Thorn Lane closes, new car park at Rose Lane opens

The roundabout at AllSaints Green, next to John Lewis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The roundabout at AllSaints Green, next to John Lewis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Next week will see fresh road closures in the city as part of the Transport for Norwich scheme. Here we look at some of the major changes which will affect motorists.

The Thorn Lane and Ber Street junction. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Thorn Lane and Ber Street junction. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

•Temporary roundabout outside John Lewis

The temporary roundabout near John Lewis, where Golden Ball Street, Westlegate and All Saints Green converge was completed following a four-week delay at the beginning of the month, but the temporary traffic lights at the junction will remain for a few weeks.

A spokesperson for Transport for Norwich said that traffic lights are a temporary pedestrian crossing so are only activated when someone wants to cross.

She added that they will be moved to All Saints Street in the next few weeks once permissions and layouts are agreed.

The new Rose Lane carpark in Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The new Rose Lane carpark in Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY


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The mini roundabout will remain in place until the permanent closure of All Saints Street, programmed to take place early next year. After that, the roundabout will be removed and the final work to pedestrianise All Saints Street will be carried out.

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•Rouen Road and Thorn Lane

There will be road closures along Rouen Road again for eight weeks from Monday 23 May as speed bumps are being built. The work is being carried out by Tarmac on behalf of Norwich City Council and will include the construction of bumps, traffic signs and new road markings as part of proposed changes to make the road a 20mph speed zone. On street parking will be unavailable within the roadworks area during this time.

On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 Thorn Lane and Rouen Road will be closed. Thorn Lane will then re-open.

Traffic lights will be in place and move up Rouen Road as work progresses.

A total of six speed bumps will be constructed along the length of Rouen Road. There will be an additional speed bump on King Street just before it joins Rouen Road.

Work on Thorn Lane itself is due to start by the end of the month. The first phase (which should take around a week) will see its junction with Rouen Road closed.

The closure will then change to the Ber Street end and this closure will remain in place so that Thorn Lane is no longer a through route.

•New Rose Lane car park to open

A new £7m multi-storey car park is to open on Rose Lane next week complete with 595 spaces. The five-storey building has taken just over a year to complete and will open to the public at 2pm on Wednesday May 25.

Space inside the building will also be let as offices or a café and there is the addition of 530m² of solar panels on the roof. Markus Lauble, managing director of HUBER Car Park Systems who designed the car park, said: 'The car park has been designed and built to serve many different purposes. It will serve the people who wish to park their car or bike and it will serve the night time visitors of Prince of Wales Road.'

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