Transport Matters NDR Extra No 14

                                                                                         No 14 - April 2017

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Three-week Reepham Road closure after Easter

The three-week closure of Reepham Road begins on Tuesday 18 April - and motorists are advised to allow extra time and use alternative routes if possible - as many did last time.

For traffic heading into Norwich next Tuesday, the signed diversion will be along Fir Covert Road. The last time Reepham Road was closed, first day delays at the Fir Covert junction with the A1067 Fakenham Road were around half an hour. Fortunately these were much reduced for the rest of the closure as drivers used other routes..

Last week's Traffic Management Workshop considered putting traffic lights at the Fir Covert/A1067/Beech Avenue junction but decided not to because:

  • In the past, lights at that junction have caused major delays for A1067 traffic.
  • During the last closure of Reepham Road the first day problems were much reduced for the rest of the closure.
  • If, as last time, traffic diverts early from Reepham Road, joining Fakenham Road at Lenwade or Attlebridge, causing delays on the A1067 would be counter-productive.

Drayton Hall Lane and School Road, Drayton, are not suitable diversion routes. Both are traffic calmed, and School Lane passes two schools and has a 7.5 tonne weight limit so cannot legally be used as a through-route by HGVs.

    The closure of Reepham Road is to allow the completion of the roundabout under construction at its junction with Drayton Lane. If at all possible, the road will be reopened ahead of the 5 May target date. It should be possible to open the southern section of Drayton Lane, from Reepham Road to Hall Lane, at the same time.

    Relief as rail bridge beams go on in a day

    Bridge beam lift from the air

    Our eye in the sky flyer Mike Page caught the moment when the third pair of 42-metre bridge beams were lowered into place over the Norwich to Sheringham Railway at Rackheath last Sunday.

    Perfect weather helped the beam lifting team get all five 80-tonne pairs of beams on to the Rackheath railway bridge in a single day. While most people were enjoying an early taste of summer it was the lack of wind that allowed the 1,000 tonne crane to complete the work in textbook fashion.

    This means that no work, and no closure of Plumstead Road, will be necessary on Easter Sunday - the reserve day in case it was not possible to complete the lifts. However, the bus replacement of Bittern Line trains will still go ahead that day because it is too late to change plans.

    Getting the beams in place over the railway is another important achievement for the construction project. The bridge is one of the critical structures on a key section of the route, vying in importance with the A1270 NDR/A140 Cromer Road junction.

    Four lovely traffic light-free days!

    All routes crossed by Norwich  Northern Distributor Road will be kept clear of temporary traffic lights over the four-day Easter holiday, but traffic management will be in use again when work resumes on Tuesday (18th).

    Holt Road closure ends

    Holt Road (B1149) will be open again in time for the long Easter weekend. The road closed early on Monday at the start of an intensive four days to complete the roundabout at the junction with New Drayton Lane (see below). Temporary traffic lights will be in use off-peak after Easter for verge work and other finishing-off.

    Holt Road New Drayton Lane roundabout

    Norwich-bound lane already finished this morning (Thursday).

    Salhouse Road – signals followed by closure

    Two-way traffic lights will be in use on Salhouse Road  from Tuesday 18 April as construction of the NDR roundabout continues. These will stay in place until the road closes on 8 May for two weeks to complete the roundabout and tie-in to the existing road.

    Green Lane West traffic lights

    From Wednesday (19th) to Friday (21st) next week two-way traffic lights will be in use on Green Lane West near the junction with the B1150 North Walsham Road. The lights will be manually controlled at peak hours.

    Early warning of Wroxham Road lights

    From Tuesday 2 May traffic lights will be in use on Wroxham Road for up to two weeks to allow Anglian Water to carry out service diversions. The lights will be manually controlled to minimise delays.