I trust the potential NDR delay is not a smoke screen by the contractors to raise the cost again?

'It has puzzled me why we didn't learn from the Romans who would have bridged the gap in the NDR wit

'It has puzzled me why we didn't learn from the Romans who would have bridged the gap in the NDR with a viaduct.' Picture: Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

An Evening News article last week warned of the possibility of a delay to the opening of the NDR owing to cold weather.

I trust this is not a smoke screen by the contractors to raise the cost again? One would hope that they will be looking to improve their efficiency and the county council contracts manager, will be looking even harder.

I have witnessed four men and two trucks putting up a sign on Marriott's Way, informing pedestrians of a temporary closure to the path. The sign was so big, that when erected, most of the sign was buried in the foliage of the overhanging trees and could not be seen anyway.

On several occasions I have seen traffic light operatives on the various road crossings, horizontal in their huts, in full view of the public and more importantly, at weekends, as much of the heavy plant stands idol.

I fully understand that the workers are entitled to some time off, but surely other workers could be brought in to keep the scheme moving, particularly when the weather is good.

The editorial also relates to people living in the Plumsteads and Horsford in particular having to endure the frustration which is caused by road closures, diversions and delays.


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In respect of Horsford, I think they are also going to suffer when the NDR is open. The direct route to the village, ie the Holt Road, is being severed by the new road and the old road left mainly redundant except to service a few properties.

Meanwhile, traffic leaving Norwich via Cromer Road, will, I assume, be expected to join the NDR, travel less than a mile to the Drayton Lane roundabout and then turn off right into Horsford, rejoin the B1149 and continue their journey from there.

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I have a feeling that anybody living in Horsford, leaving the city, will continue on the Al40 Cromer Road to the Horsham St Faith junction and turn left into Church Street and into Horsford that way, thus alleviating the junctions on the NDR.

Obviously the reverse journey will be treated in the same way. I hope I am wrong but that is how I see it, perhaps somebody will put me right?

Finally, I see that the city council want to go ahead with 'improvements' to the Sweet Briar Road/Dereham Road roundabout, starting in September, 2017. Why can't this wait a few months until the NDR is complete thus saving at least some frustration for beleaguered motorists?

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