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Council apology after A146 roadworks cause delays

PUBLISHED: 11:06 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:18 30 January 2013

Cones will now be off the road during peak hours

Cones will now be off the road during peak hours

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Norfolk County Council has apologised after roadworks on the A146 caused significant disruption for commuters early this week.

Temporary traffic lights caused delays of more than half-an-hour on Monday night, as traffic queued back from the junction of the A146 with Mill Road and Back Lane, near Bergh Apton.

There were then further problems on Tuesday morning when the lights failed.

John Birchall, Norfolk county council spokesman, said that the work is to repair the path and that the intention had been to get it done as quickly as possible, using the traffic lights to control the traffic.

However, after the problems earlier this week the lights are now only used outside of peak hours.

Mr Birchall said: “We have changed our method of working and the lights are now down at 4pm, with no work done during peak times.

“This means that the work will take a little longer but the problems seem to have disappeared and we would like to apologise for the hold ups.”

No date has been given for the end of the works, but a sign on the road suggested it could take three weeks.


  • How much will it cost to repair a footpath for roughly 12-15 houses if the works take 3 weeks? Who on earth made a decision like this when we are allegedly so short of money? Surely this money could have been spent elsewhere and benefitted far more people.

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    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • You're covering all bases there, Mr Smith, from a little bit of footpath to the HS2. Let's hope they don't start the latter until they have finished the former.

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    crunchy dick

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Mr Birchall’s statement that “the intention had been to get it done as quickly as possible” is incorrect. The times that I have been thought this week during working hours there has usually only been one person doing anything, whether driving the digger or whatever. They should have a large team of people working on this to get it done quickly & reduce these appalling delays. The whole job could be finished in one night if they got the right team on it. Underlying causes of these problems need to be addressed too- this is yet another symptom of a road network that is dreadfully under-invested in, this road should have been dualled years ago like it would be in any other part of the country. Meanwhile our politicians are supporting the unwanted HS2 to prop up their marginal constituencies in the North, using Norfolk taxpayer’s money.

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    john smith

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Thanks for the electioneering advise, we know that these roadworks coincide with cllr.s aims to get re elected, just in time, all the time.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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