NDR Extra No 9

                                                                               No 9 - September 2016  

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Holt Road to close - but Horsford open for business!

Support your local businesses during closure!

Holt Road may close at 9.30 on Monday morning, but Horsford stays very much open for business. In fact, with longer-distance drivers being encouraged to avoid the B1149, and unattractive diversions to reach Norwich, it's the perfect opportunity to find out just how much is available within Horsford. 

There are in fact two closures of Holt Road, one after the other. The worst is first, when the closure point is the Horsford side of Holly Lane. This leaves Church Street as the only route out of the village to the south.

The closure will be from 9.30am, after Monday's morning peak. Tuesday will be the morning when commuter traffic heading for Norwich will have to use Church Street.  Manually-operated traffic control will be in place to help people turn out on to the A140 safely, but the A-road traffic will still get most 'green time' on the lights.

The closure is scheduled to last until Friday, but everything will be done to reopen Holt Road sooner than this if at all possible.

There will be a respite from closures over the weekend of 8-9 October, and when the Holt Road closure returns at 9.30am on Monday 10 October, it will be the Cromer Road side of Holly Lane, so this will provide a second route in and out of Horsford.

Both routes - Holly Lane and Church Street - will still be under pressure, and evening peak traffic heading into Horsford along Church Street will have a more difficult right turn on to Holt Road because of traffic coming from the Holly Lane direction.

Apologies for the disruption over the next two weeks.

Rackheath displays showcase NDR archaeology

Holy Trinity Church
Saturday 1 October 11am to 2.30pm

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A fascinating and poignant glimpse into the past is being offered at Rackheath's Holy Trinity Church tomorrow, 1 October, when a display of archaeological finds from the route of the NDR will be supplemented by archive material, local records, and earlier finds from the parish held by Norfolk Museums Service.

Included in the display will be fuselage fragments, a camera tag and the crumpled nosecone of a WWII USAAF Mustang that crashed at Rackheath in 1945 after an ill-advised attempt to join an aerobatic display celebrating the 200th mission by the 467th Bomb Group. The pilot, Robert C. Young, was killed. Chris Collins of the Rackheath Aggies 467th commemoration group will be present to answer questions about the incident and the USAAF's time based at Rackheath.

Far more ancient reminders of Norfolk's deep history will also be on view, including Neolithic flints, a Bronze Age beaker found in Rackheath, and recent evidence of Roman occupation and medieval industry along the NDR route.

New Rackheath village sign

The displays will help mark another significant day for Rackheath when the new village sign, painted by local artist Jessica Perry, will be unveiled outside Holy Trinity Church.
The sign (left) is a cast resin copy of the original wooden sign put up in 1983 to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee. It was removed last year because it had rotted beyond repair.

Holt Road closure - Buses and school transport

Below is a summary of the arrangements for five days (Mon to Fri) beginning 3 October. Please check with operators for further details, and watch out for changes.

Sanders 45 (Holt - Norwich) will NOT serve Horsford.

Sanders 42 (Holt - Cawston - Reepham - Swannington - Felthorpe - Horsford - Norwich) will follow the diversion route along Church Street and the A140 Cromer Road.

Sanders 56 (Holt – Easton College) will serve Horsford, but operate along the diversion route.

First 36 Purple Line – Will divert along Church Street, A140 Cromer Road, back up Holt Road to return to its normal route at Holly Lane. This service will continue to serve Hellesdon Medical Centre and Reepham Road. (First customer service can be contacted on 0345 6020 121.)

Services will return to normal for the weekend of 8-9 October. Look out for updates for the second week, when Holly Lane is accessible from Horsford.

Hellesdon High School – All Horsford routes to Hellesdon High have been amended for the week beginning 3 October. This includes Monday - the later closure at 9.30 came too late to revert to normal. All students have had a letter setting out the changes.

Wroxham Road traffic control

There will be traffic control on the A1151 Wroxham Road from Monday while ducting is installed  for utility service diversions. The lights will be in place 24 hours a day for as long as the work takes, but there will be manual control at peak hours to improve the flow of traffic.

No more Fakenham Road overnight closures!

Traffic using new A1067/NDR roundabout

Our last overnight closure of the A1067 Fakenham Road was last night, and we're almost done with other types of traffic control there as well.

There’s a small amount of work still to be done, such as adding ‘vibro’ lining and verge works, but this will be carried out under short-term traffic control when necessary.

But A1067 resurfacing tonight!

Although the NDR-tie in work is virtually finished, there some nearby re-surfacing happening tonight (Fri 30th) on Fakenham Road, and both Beech Avenue and Fir Covert Road will be closed at their junctions, and rhere will be traffic lights on the main road.

We will be using the opportunity to work on the NDR Fir Covert Road with final surfacing towards the middle of October