‘I’ve never seen traffic like this’ - Delays continue for drivers in Norwich city centre due to roadworks

Traffic on St Andrew's Street earlier in the week. (Photo: submitted)

Traffic on St Andrew's Street earlier in the week. (Photo: submitted) - Credit: Archant

Disruption has continued for motorists in Norwich due to roadworks in the city centre - with some journeys taking more than an hour and a half.

Four-way traffic lights are currently in place on St Andrews at the junction with Exchange Street as UK Power Networks carry out emergency works.

There have been reports of long delays in the area all week and this was still the case on Thursday morning,

Richard Davies, who lives on Anchor Quay, said a journey which would usually take around six minutes took him and hour and 42 minutes.

MORE: Roadworks cause long delays in Norwich city centre'I may have expected a 10 or 15 minute delay but not something like this,' he said. 'I have lived here for 26 years and never seen traffic like this. It is bad for businesses and bad for morale.

'I witnessed so much frustration and people were going crazy as they were just not moving, somebody needs to be accountable for this.'

On Tuesday people had complained of long queues on Barn Road, Barrack Street and Westwick Street.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: 'UK Power Networks engineers are working as quickly and safely as possible, to complete essential repair work on an underground cable in St Andrew's Street, Norwich. We appreciate the impact this is having, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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'Four-way traffic lights are in use at the junction of Exchange Street, and we are using manual controls from 7am to 7pm to help traffic flow.

'Unfortunately excavation work was unavoidably delayed by engineering issues, and other circumstances beyond our control, so our permit has been extended to the end of next week if needed.

'However we want to clear the site sooner if possible, and are due to start resurfacing the road Friday.'