Work on new crossing on Norwich ring road will mean more than four months of disruption

The St Crispins underpass is to be replaced with a surface level crossing. Pic: Keith Whitmore.

The St Crispins underpass is to be replaced with a surface level crossing. Pic: Keith Whitmore. - Credit: ©ARCHANT } NORFOLK 2002.

Road users will face more than four months of disruption during the next phase of work in Norwich to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The next Transport for Norwich project will see £900,000 spent on changes in the St Crispins Road area of the city - and that will mean road closures on the inner ring road while the work is done.

The work will see a new pedestrian and cycle crossing built over St Crispins Road, near to Anglia Square, from St Georges Street to Botolph Street.

Currently, cyclists and pedestrians have to use the existing subway to get to the other side of the road, but that will be filled in as part of the plans and replaced with the surface-level toucan crossing.

Where the subway used to be, the entrance walls will be removed, providing space for landscaping and planted areas.

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There will also be segregated walking and cycling paths on either side of St Crispins Road.

The work, is due to start today and will not be completed until August.

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During the work, there will be a single lane closure in both directions on St Crispins Road (Magdalen Street flyover) between the Duke Street roundabout and the next roundabout at Whitefriars.

The exit of Calvert Street onto St Crispins Road will have to be shut while the work is done, with diversion signs in place. Access will still be open into Calvert Street from St Crispins Road.

Traffic management details for resurfacing work needed towards the end of the project will be announced nearer the time.

And, while the work takes place, pedestrians and cyclists will have to cross elsewhere. Pedestrians and cyclists will need to use the crossing point at the junction with Oak Street, or avoid the flyover and cross the ring road via Magdalen Street.

The council says the work will bring improvements to yellow pedalway, which crosses the city between Lakenham in the south and Norwich International Airport in the north.

Meanwhile, work on another Transport for Norwich project, is drawing to a close.

The revamp for the Queens Road/Brazen Gate/All Saints Green/Grove Road area of the city, has seen work taking place since January.

That £670,000 Transport for Norwich scheme has caused delays on Queens Road, with temporary traffic lights in place.

The work includes: installing a camera to enforce the Grove Road bus gate; replacing the signal crossing on Grove Road with a zebra crossing; a new zebra crossing on Brazen Gate; new cycle lanes in Brazen Gate and All Saints Green and modifications to the pedestrian crossings at Queens Road junction.

All of the work should be completed by Monday, April 9.

A spokesperson for Transport for Norwich said: 'The subway under St Crispins Road is currently the only crossing on this section of the ring road and many pedestrians find it uninviting and unpleasant to use. This project will not only put in put in place a high quality, surface-level crossing, it will be a direct route for pedestrians and cyclists, and create a more accessible facility for those with mobility issues.

'It will also remove the ongoing maintenance costs of the subway, such as cleaning, lighting, repair work and pumping out water.

'Construction has been designed to minimise disruption as much as possible but this is a significant project on one of the city's major roads and will have an impact on traffic flow. We appreciate people's patience while work takes place and ask those travelling in the area to plan their journeys and allow extra time.'

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