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Traffic chaos on A148 at Letheringsett set to continue for another week

PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 19 September 2017

Major traffic queues. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Major traffic queues. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Queues on the A148 between Letheringsett and Holt are expected to continue for another week due to works being carried out by British Telecoms.

BT have dug a hole beside the A148 at the junction of Blakeney Road and Thornage Road, meaning that the road has been reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights monitoring traffic flow.

The work by BT is due to finish with traffic returning to normal on September 27.

Norfolk County Council have confirmed that due to minimum range safety requirements, they have had to install the temporary traffic lights and cone off one of the lanes, to reduce the risk of the hole in the verge causing any issues.

A spokesman for the council said: “Even though the hole is not in the road we have to take safety precautions to make sure that if anyone comes off the road they won’t get into any difficulty because of the hole.

“As such we’ve had to make sure a safe distance is kept from the area, in line with the law. We can see why people thought there was no work going on, and that the traffic lights and cones had been left there by accident, but it’s an ongoing piece of work and BT didn’t have people working on it over the weekend.”

But the measures are causing serious issues along the A148.

One Holt resident, Mr Barry Holiss said: “From Friday night, through Saturday and all day Sunday traffic was held up back from Letheringsett into Holt, and in the other direction up to the second Glandford turn on the A148.”

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