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Norwich £670,000 road shake-up will mean street will be shut until end of March

PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 20 January 2018

Changes to the Brazen Gate area will mean Grove Road will close for longer than first planned. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Changes to the Brazen Gate area will mean Grove Road will close for longer than first planned. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The closure of a Norwich road as part of a £670,000 traffic shake-up has been extended from two weeks to more than two months.

But transport bosses say the extended closure of Grove Road during the work will improve the flow of traffic on the nearby ring road.

The Transport for Norwich scheme in the Brazen Gate/Queens Road/All Saints Green/Grove Road part of the city centre last Monday.

The work includes: installing a camera to enforce the Grove Road bus gate; replacing the signal crossing on Grove Road with a zebra crossing; a new zebra crossing on Brazen Gate; new cycle lanes in Brazen Gate and All Saints Green and modifications to the pedestrian crossings at Queens Road junction.

Grove Road was closed from its junction with Southwell Road last Monday, but that section was due to reopen this week.

But council bosses have decided to extend the closure, so the contractor can have a compound on the site, rather than having to repeatedly travel on the ring road to pick up equipment.

So, from next Thursday, Grove Road will be shut from its junction with Victoria Street to its junction with Brazen Gate - and that will remain the case until the scheme is completed at the end of March.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: “The closure of Grove Road has been extended to help work in the Brazen Gate area run more efficiently.

“The decision also means that the number of traffic light phases on the junction with Queens Road can be reduced, which will help traffic on the ring road flow as freely as possible during this time.

“We would like to thank everyone living and travelling through the area for their patience while work takes place.”

From Monday, until the end of March, there will also be lane closures on the approaches to the junction of Queens Road/Brazen Gate, with a temporary pedestrian crossing in place during the upgrade to the junction.

• Meanwhile, another Norwich road is due to shut overnight from Monday, when road resurfacing around the junction of Bluebell Road and the slip road to Newmarket Road will start.

The work, which will last for a week, will mean that the section of Bluebell Road near the slip road, and the slip road itself will be closed from 7pm until 7am.

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