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Town brought to a standstill by 'relentless' roadworks

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:36 05 October 2019

Traffic at a standstill on Norwich Road heading into Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Traffic at a standstill on Norwich Road heading into Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norfolk town is fed-up with standstill traffic caused by roadworks, which shop owners say is losing them business.

Traffic at a standstill in Exchange Street on Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTraffic at a standstill in Exchange Street on Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As part of the £4.5m project, Transport for Attleborough, work has been taking place to improve the junction of the High Street and Exchange Street, create new pedestrian crossing points and widen Connaught Road to allow for two lanes of traffic.

But despite plans to minimise disruption, drivers coming through the town at high traffic times have been left waiting in long queues.

In Attleborough's town centre one-way system, from around 3.30pm to 6.30pm on October 4, traffic was at a standstill, including Connaught Road, Exchange Street and Church Street.

Tony Crouch, mayor of Attleborough, said: "A couple of weeks ago when I tried to get through the town at 5pm, from Chapel Road to the end of Church Street, it took me 35 minutes when normally it should take five minutes.

Traffic at a standstill in Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Connaught Road leading up to the road closure on High Street, Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTraffic at a standstill in Attleborough town centre's one-way system on Connaught Road leading up to the road closure on High Street, Friday afternoon and early evening (4/10/19). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"The roadworks are hindering traffic flow, especially during rush hour. But unfortunately it's got to be done.

"Please just be patient, highways are doing their best and again please do not forget our shopkeepers. It may be awkward coming into the town but please come and support local shops."

The roadworks started on September 2, and were meant to take around nine weeks to complete, but with recent bad weather causing disruption, it could take longer.

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Tony Perkins, from Tony Perkins Butchers in Church Street, said his business has been affected by the traffic as customers have been avoiding the high street.

He said: "Nobody wants to sit in a traffic queue, whether they are going home or shopping it's bound to have a detrimental effect on business.

"It is affecting sales and we want to see an end to it and some sort of normality. We had roadworks this time last year at the other end of the town and it went on for quite a while.

"We felt the pinch then and we have been faced with the same thing again, it is relentless."

Tim Cobb, who owns The Bakery in Church Street, said: "I'm fed up with the traffic. It's unfortunate that Attleborough town centre is a one-way system which doesn't help.

"It has affected our business. I would say we have lost 10 to 15pc every day. We still have to pay our bills and the staff so we are hoping that when everything is done everyone comes back."

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