Bid to avoid town gridlock during nine weeks of roadworks
PUBLISHED: 15:38 21 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:09 21 August 2019
Changes have been made to planned work on the latest phase of £4.5m transport improvements in Attleborough in an effort to minimise disruption.
As part of the ongoing Transport for Attleborough project, work will start on Monday September 2 to improve the junction of busy junction of High Street and Exchange Street.
It will take around nine weeks and once complete the changes will allow traffic to flow more smoothly and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road.
The work will include providing new pedestrian crossing points and the widening of Connaught Road near to the High Street junction to allow for two lanes of traffic, and removing the need for vehicles to merge into one lane.
It will also include amending the junction alignment outside of the hairdressers to make it easier for large vehicles to turn into High Street from Connaught Road, and the replacing sections of footway paving slabs to eliminate the maintenance problems.
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The Transport for Attleborough project, which started in September 2018, has previously come under fire from residents.
During work to Surrogate Street, which was widened and converted to two-way traffic, the town suffered gridlock with drivers were left queuing for up to an hour while businesses said it caused a drop in footfall.
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The latest phase of the project follows a public consultation with letters having been sent to residents and businesses asking for their feedback on the plans.
As a consequence the planned work at the High Street and Exchange Street junction has been amended.
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: "After feedback from local people and the county councillor we have carefully amended earlier plans which would have seen traffic lights installed at the junction. This also means the pedestrian crossing on the high street just south of the junction will remain in place."
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For safety reasons vehicles will be prevented from joining London Road from Connaught Road for the duration of the project. Those travelling from London Road to the town centre will be unaffected.
The resurfacing of the Connaught Road/Exchange Street/High Street junction will be carried out over one weekend towards the end of October to minimise disruption but will see the junction closed to all traffic.
A signed diversion route will be in place and 'businesses open as usual' signs will be used during both road closures.