Major Norwich road scheme hit by delays

Kate ScotterA long-awaited scheme to create a new one-way system around one of the main roads in Norwich has been hit by delays.Kate Scotter

A long-awaited scheme to create a new one-way system around one of the main roads in Norwich has been hit by delays.

Work in St Augustine's Street had finally got under way in January after a three-month setback, but now the �3.3m project has been delayed again.

The St Augustine's gyratory scheme will make St Augustine's Street one-way northbound. A new link between Edward Street and Pitt Street will also be built, providing a southbound route via Magpie Road for traffic heading towards the inner ring road and the city centre.

The work is about a month behind schedule after Norfolk County Council and Anglian Water officials faced complications with the connection of a sewer.

It is now believed the new system, scheduled to be completed in October, will be finished by the end of November.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'We are building a brand new stretch of road across ground which is full of existing pipes and services that have gone in over many years.

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'The main problem has been finding a road drainage connection that was acceptable to both Anglian Water and the county council.

'Most of the rest of the project will be along existing roads and streets, so it will be much easier to use existing connections for drains.'

The scheme has been devised in a bid to improve the air quality in St Augustine's Street where the levels of nitrogen dioxide are higher than the national air quality standards.

It also forms part of the regeneration of the north of the city.

There will be a public meeting in St Augustine's Hall, through the churchyard off St Augustine's Street, next Thursday, April 15, to hear about progress of the project.

The 7.30pm meeting will be attended by officials from Norfolk County Council's department of environment, transport and development who will be on hand to provide an update on the schedule of works and answer any queries the public may have.

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