No pain, no gain: Motorists warned of three months of disruption ahead in Aylsham
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Work is due to begin shortly on the construction of a new roundabout at 'dangerous' junction - paving the way for town's new filling station.
Motorists are being warned they face three months of disruption in Aylsham as work gets underway to improve road safety at one of the town's busiest junctions.
Norfolk County Council confirmed it plans to replace the crossroads at the junction of the A140 bypass and the town's Burgh Road with a new roundabout.
It follows concerns over an increase in traffic with the development of hundreds of new homes in the town.
The £575,000 project, which is being funded by David Wilson Homes, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council's Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.
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A local authority spokesperson said: 'Construction is due to begin on or shortly after January 11 to construct a new roundabout at the crossroads junction of the A140 Aylsham Bypass and Burgh Road. This will consist of installing new kerblines, splitter islands, a new shared use facility and new road lining.
'The works will take approximately three months to complete. During this time Burgh Road will be closed on both sides of the A140 for the duration of the works with the A140 Aylsham Bypass being controlled by two-way traffic signals. During the closure a local diversion will be in place.
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'The County Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Signs will be erected throughout the construction notifying of 'businesses open as usual'.'
The roundabout paves the way for a new filling station in Aylsham, with motorists currently forced to travel outwith town to get fuel.
The Lindum Group is also expected to start work on developing the former Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre site, just north of Burgh Road, next week.
But one local councillor has called on motorists to be patient and plan ahead.
Councillor Ian Graham, who represents Aylsham on Broadland District Council, said: 'It's great, it really is great. Sadly we've not had a petrol station in Aylsham for some time and the Burgh Road junciton is quite dangerous but the two are not connected - they are totally separate developments.
'The roundabout is as a consequence of the development of the 300 new houses by the high school and it was part of the deal that having those extra houses, with the extra traffic they would generate, would need a roundabout on the A140 for safety reasons.'
But he added: 'No pain, no gain. We're just going to have to live through that but the advantage is, by the summer, people will love it.'