Action after cycle work causes traffic jams

Traffic on the busy Eaton Street at Eaton, heading toward Cringleford over the little stone bridge.

Traffic on the busy Eaton Street at Eaton, heading toward Cringleford over the little stone bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Further changes have been made to ease traffic jams, after a second day of disruption due to work on a new cycle lane on the edge of Norwich.

Nine weeks of work to add a shared cycle path along Eaton Street, between Eaton and Cringleford, got under way on Monday.

The slip road into Eaton from Newmarket Road will be closed for five weeks from July 25, but work already being done saw jams build up on Monday and Tuesday.

Transport for Norwich, which is behind the scheme, made some changes to traffic management on Monday to try to stop queues from building up.

But James Wright, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Norwich City Council, who represents Eaton, said problems had continued.

And fellow Eaton Lib Dem city councillor Caroline Ackroyd said: 'Despite our own reservations, we were assured by officers from the city and county councils that their detailed planning would ensure that everything would run smoothly. 'Sadly, this has not been the case.

Residents are rightly frustrated with Monday's traffic chaos and although there has been some improvement, there are still problems that need to be addressed before the slip road is closed. '

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A Transport for Norwich spokeswoman said: 'Following disruption during the first two days of work, we have been making every effort to reduce the congestion caused by temporary traffic management.

'The measures put in place so far have significantly improved the situation but we will continue to monitor the site and make sure we take any steps we can to optimise traffic flow.

'Again, we'd like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.'

She confirmed the traffic lights on Cringleford Bridge have been temporarily turned off to stop queuing on the bridge.

She said traffic lights are already being manually controlled in the morning peak and officers were monitoring traffic flow.

She said officers would and introduce manual control in the evening peak if needed.

When the slip road closure starts on July 25, the four-way traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way set.

The council says that will actually speed up the phases of the traffic lights, meaning more traffic will pass through the junction on each phase.

The council hoped that will reduce congestion further.