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Weeks of disruption ahead as repair works for NDR get under way

PUBLISHED: 07:18 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 18 July 2018

File photo of NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

File photo of NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Motorists using the Broadland Northway face three weeks of disruption, as the council looks to repair damage already done to the £205m road.

Work has already started on repairs to the roundabout close to Norwich Airport, which are likely to last until the beginning of August.

There will be 24-hour lane closures in place on the roundabout as the works are carried out, which will also see extra signs added to the approach to the area.

The works include:

• Repairs to damaged kerbs;

File photo of NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLYFile photo of NDR. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

• Replacing chevrons and blue arrows;

• Tidying overrun areas ;

• And providing additional signage.

A 30mph speed limit has also been put in place in the area of the works, which covers a stretch of around half a kilometre.

It comes after the county council admitted both the airport and Wroxham Road roundabouts had proved problematic, with “a higher number of incidents than would usually be expected for a road that has been designed to national standards”.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, previously said a review had suggest some small adjustments to the airport north roundabout would help drivers.

However, the council put a spate of collisions on the road, which is also known as the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), down to drivers not adhering to the speed limits, as opposed to any design flaws with the road network.

This led to Liberal Democrat councillor Dan Roper proposing a motion for an urgent safety audit of the road.

He said: “It is not appropriate for the council to deny any responsibility for this and to seek to blame it all on poor driving. The council should undertake an urgent reassessment of the road, to allow public concerns.”

He suggested this should include looking at the layout of roundabout lanes and the possibility of introducing rumble strips before junctions.

Some degree of investigation into the road is already under way, with County Hall this week putting cameras in place on four of the nine roundabouts on the road.

The works, costing in the region of £3,000, are scheduled to be completed on Thursday, August 2.

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