Joy as Sweet Briar Road disruption FINALLY comes to an end

The completed repair work at the bridge as Sweet Briar Road reopens.

Cars drive along Sweet Briar Road now work to fix the embankment below have been completed - Credit: Denise Bradley

Traffic now glides along the new tarmac of Sweet Briar Road more than three months after burst water main damaged the embankment below.

The stretch of the city ring road, which had been shut for 99 days, reopened at lunchtime on Friday much to the joy of city folk, business owners and commuters alike.

The completed repair work at the bridge as Sweet Briar Road reopens.

The completed repair work at the bridge as Sweet Briar Road reopens. - Credit: Denise Bradley

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENIS

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweet Briar Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2022

Ashley White, assistant manager of Jollyes pet food and accessories store in Sweet Briar Retail Park, said the road's closure had a big impact on the business.

"Where we'd normally have an influx of customers, there were times where there was pretty much no-one here," he said.

"Sweet Briar Road's reopening means that business will start picking up a bit more, especially with it being payday weekend.

Traffice returns to Sweet Briar Road as the repair work is finished and the road is open.

Traffic returns to Sweet Briar Road after repair work is completed - Credit: Denise Bradley

"We were hit hard. It discouraged people from coming to this side of the city."

Darryl Eastell, who owns Plantmania at Hellesdon Barnes, is elated to be seeing the back of the diversions.

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"I was one of the first ones to drive over it.

The ongoing closure of Sweet Briar Road in Norwich. Darryl Eastell, owner of Pot Mania. Byline: Son

The ongoing closure of Sweet Briar Road in Norwich. Darryl Eastell, owner of Plantmania - Credit: Sonya Duncan

"It felt amazing, a lot quicker.

"May is my busiest month of the year. Sweet Briar Road did take the gloss off it somewhat. Footfall was down around 20pc. 

"I'm very grateful to my regular customers who, even when held up for half an hour, still came to me. They kept us going."

Mile Cross' Labour councillor Chrissie Rumsby said: "This is a great relief to everyone in Norwich.

Chrissie Rumsby, councillor for Mile Cross, said racists were the last thing the area needed.

Chrissie Rumsby, councillor for Mile Cross, said racists were the last thing the area needed. - Credit: Labour Party

"Mile Cross has felt the brunt of the closure. Aylsham Road won't be so busy and people won't be rat-running on the roads as much.

"People can travel without fear of being stuck in traffic jams."

Wensum Labour councillor Maxine Webb added: "The reopening is brilliant news for the wider city.

"It's going to make a massive difference to businesses and the areas that have had that increased traffic.

Maxine Webb, Labour county councillor for Norwich's Wensum ward.

Maxine Webb, Labour county councillor for Norwich's Wensum ward. - Credit: Maxine webb

"People will be glad to get to where they want to be without having to fight their way across the city.

"I'm just sorry that it's taken so long.

"It was a big piece of work, it has to be worth the wait. We've seen the impact it's had throughout the city."

The completed repair work at the bridge as Sweet Briar Road reopens.

The completed repair work at the bridge as Sweet Briar Road reopens - Credit: Denise Bradley