Roundabout at heart of Norwich city centre roadworks is delayed for a month

New roundabout under construction outside John Lewis.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

New roundabout under construction outside John Lewis.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The installation of a new temporary roundabout at the centre of a multi-million pound shake-up of Norwich streets has been delayed by almost a month, it has emerged.

Drivers have had to endure months of disruption because of the £3m Transport for Norwich changes, which has included work on Westlegate, Golden Ball Street, Farmers Avenue and Rouen Road.

A temporary roundabout is supposed to have been installed near John Lewis, where Golden Ball Street, Westlegate and All Saints Green converge.

But it has emerged that its installation has been delayed by three to four weeks, so temporary traffic lights in Golden Ball Street and Ber Street, which have frustrated drivers, have been in place longer than was planned.

A spokesman for the Transport for Norwich project, said the delay had been caused because utilities connections, which were beneath the old traffic island, needed to be lowered further into the ground.

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She said that, weather permitting, the roundabout should be in place by the end of this week, after which the temporary traffic lights will be removed.

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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The project has seen Westlegate closed to traffic permanently and Golden Ball Street being made two-way, which transport bosses say will make it easier for drivers to get to city car parks.

Farmers Avenue, from its junction with Red Lion Street to the entrance to the smaller Castle Mall car park, has also been pedestrianised.

And, from the end of this month, Thorn Lane will be closed to through traffic. Initially the Rouen Road side will be shut, while work on speed restrictions in Rouen Road is carried out.

Then the Ber Street side will be closed, which will shut it off to traffic permanently, with traffic leaving John Lewis car park able to turn left and right into Ber Street.

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