Norwich NDR Newsletter

                                                                         No 21 - January 2018

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Plumstead Road four-week closure from Monday

Three-way lights on B1150 North Walsham Road

Plumstead Road will close for four weeks from Monday 15 January for work to connect the road with the A1270 Norwich Northern Distributor Road dual carriageway.

This could well be the last really disruptive phase of work of the whole project - along with three-way lights on the B1150 North Walsham Road, also from Monday (see right). 

The Plumstead Road closure will be between Thorpe End and the junction with Broad Lane. The work involves realigning Plumstead Road to connect with a new roundabout that has already been constructed. Once complete, a short link road from this roundabout will provide access from Plumstead Road to the main roundabout on Norwich NDR (see below).

The width of Plumstead Road and the nearby railway level crossing mean that the work cannot be carried out under temporary traffic lights, and so a full closure of the road is unavoidable. Unfortunately it is not possible to maintain safe access for pedestrians or cyclists.

Plumstead road showing new roundabouts

New roundabouts and link road (left) that will link Plumstead Road to the NDR dual carriageway. Picture Mike Page.

Diversion route

Traffic heading to and from Norwich should use Salhouse Road. The marked diversion will be (from the Plumstead side of the closure) north along Broad Lane/Green Lane East to the Sole & Heel roundabout, west towards Norwich on Salhouse Road, returning to Plumstead Road via Woodside Road. (Same route in reverse for journeys from the city side of the closure.)

It had been hoped that Middle Road, Great Plumstead, would be open to provide an alternative local route, but very wet weather at a critical time saturated and damaged the earthworks and prevented surfacing before Christmas. Instead, Low Road and Smee Lane will be kept open.

Middle Road reopening

The target for Middle Road is opening in February. Asphalt base layers will be going down next week, and on Wednesday (17th)Tarmac lorries will need to go through Great Plumstead to supply asphalt for use on the eastern embankments.

Thorpe End free shuttle bus during Plumstead Road closure

During the closure of Plumstead Road the Konect 5B and 5C buses will not serve Thorpe End. 

A free shuttle bus (Dolphin Autos) will run Monday to Saturday from the Green to the Rainsborough Rise bus stop on Dussindale Drive. 

Departures from the Green will be at 0742, 0925, 1255 and 1325.

The shuttle will meet return journeys leaving St Stephens at 1250 (Konect 5B) and 1740 (5C).

Three-way lights on North Walsham Road & Crostwick Lane Spixworth

Work starts on Monday (15th) on the permanent closure of Rackheath Lane where it joins the B1150 North Walsham Road at Spixworth.

The NDR dual carriageway now provides a high quality route between North Walsham Road and the A1151 Wroxham Road, so Rackheath Lane is being closed to stop vehicles continuing to use unsuitable minor roads. Access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained.

The closure will also simplify the junction of Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, with the B1150. Traffic turning out of Crostwick Lane will no longer have to contend with traffic joining and crossing from Rackheath Lane.  

The mouth of Crostwick Lane is being altered to allow for more right turns towards Norwich and the A1270 NDR. This work, which will take three weeks to complete, will be carried out under three-way traffic lights on Crostwick Lane and North Walsham Road. 

Street lighting on the NDR

The Development Consent for Norwich NDR does not allow the use of street lighting on any of the route (except at Postwick). This is because the road runs through designated 'Dark Landscapes' and street lighting is seen as  an urban intrusion into the countryside. It can also affect wildlife, causing breeding failures in birds and disrupting foraging routes for bats and owls.