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A140 traffic lights put up due to Norwich Northern Distributor Road work to be removed for start of Cromer Carnival

PUBLISHED: 07:01 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 12 August 2017

Progess of the Northern Distributor Road shot from the air. Picture YouTube/DrummerDan/MikePage

Progess of the Northern Distributor Road shot from the air. Picture YouTube/DrummerDan/MikePage

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Traffic lights on the A140, put in place because of work to build the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, will be removed over the weekend, to keep the road clear for visitors to the opening of Cromer Carnival.

The lights led to long delays on the A140 today, with traffic bosses only announcing yesterday that they would be in operation from today.

The lights will not be operating this weekend - the start of Cromer Carnival - but will back on during the day again next week.

Norfolk County Council, which is building the £178.5m road says where possible, they will be used out of peak hours, and will be manually controlled if they have to be used during busy times.

The council says they are needed because work on the approaches to the new north roundabout and bridge over the NDR is very close to traffic on the A140 Cromer Road.

A spokesman said: “Motorists are advised to allow for similar delays on the A140 Cromer Road over the coming weeks as construction teams carry out as much work as possible ahead of two weeks of A140 overnight closures (8pm to 6am).

“These are scheduled to start on Monday, September 4 to tie-in the new roundabout and bridge over the NDR to the existing road.”

The spokesman also apologised for the late notification of this morning’s lights - and for the fact they were in operation from around 7.40am.
He said: “This decision to make an early start was because traffic was light and we need to maximise the time when we can work with a gas observer present, because we are working next to an exposed gas main.”

Meanwhile, the delayed start of work to break up the redundant section of the B1149 Holt Road has begun, although the main work will get under way on Monday.

On Buxton Road, Spixworth, 24-hour two-way traffic lights will remain in use, until the closure of the road to vehicles for two weeks from Monday to tie-in and surface the new bridge over the NDR.

Cyclists and pedestrians will not be affected since the separate cycling and pedestrian path over the bridge should be complete next week.

Additional signs are being added on Church Street, Horsford, directing all traffic from the A140 to turn left at its junction with the B1149 Holt Road.

Drivers heading for Horsford and towards Holt can then use the New Drayton Lane roundabout to return north. The council says that avoids a build-up of traffic on Church Street caused by right turning vehicles.

Work on a footway extension and mini-roundabout on Plumstead Road, in Thorpe End, that was postponed this week because of the bad weather will resume on Tuesday when a vacuum excavator will start excavating around buried service pipes and cables.

Two-way temporary lights will be needed during the footway works, and three-way lights when work moves on to the mini-roundabout at the junction of Plumstead Road with Broadland Drive.

Norfolk County Council and Balfour Beatty apologise for the disruption caused by these and other traffic management measures during construction of the new road.

Once complete, the NDR will stretch from the A47 at Postwick to the east of Norwich to the A1067 Fakenham Road to the west.

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