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How speed limit signs left Norwich drivers confused

PUBLISHED: 12:53 09 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 July 2010

One of the new speed signs in Newmarket Road.

One of the new speed signs in Newmarket Road.

Kate Scotter

Motorists have been left confused by conflicting speed limit signs on a main road into Norwich.

Motorists have been left confused by conflicting speed limit signs on a main road into Norwich.

As the road works to extend the bus lane in Newmarket Road come to an end, drivers have been left questioning the speed limit along the road.

The £330,000 scheme to cut gridlock has seen an extension to the bus lane heading into the city and the introduction of a new 30mph speed limit.

While the works took place, however, temporary speed limits were put in place.

Now, there is a mixture of new and old signage as well as the temporary signs.

Road chiefs went onsite yesterday morning to assess the situation and said it would be resolved as soon as possible.

Alec Dawe, 62, from Attleborough, said: “The problem was that there were so many conflicting signs up - either uncovered, still up on the road or temporary - that no one knew what speed you were supposed to do.

“The whole bus lane extension has been utter farce and they have left the situation half done. I'm not impressed.”

The bus lane was extended to help the dozens of buses, which head into Norwich along Newmarket Road.

Around 26 buses an hour use the road, but previously would often get caught up in traffic before the bus lane even started at Unthank Road.

Once all the work is fully complete, the speed limit along Newmarket Road will be 50mph between Roundhouse Way to River Yare, 40mph from River Yare to Poplar Avenue and then 30mph from Poplar Avenue to the city.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “There was some confusion for a while because new signs were going up and original signs near Eaton Road/Leopold Road were not covered until later in the day.

“These old signs will be removed shortly, along with the temporary speed limits that have been in place during the road works. By the weekend, all should be clear.”

Have you got a story for the Evening News? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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