Work is due to start tomorrow on the new roundabout at the A140/Burgh Road junction in Aylsham.
The work will mean more road closures and delays for motorists but residents and businesses of Burgh Road have been assured that the end of the road near the A140 will not be closed until the National Grid gas repairs at the junction of Burgh Road and Oakfield Road are completed by January 25 and those roads reopened.
Martin Dixon, Norfolk County Council area network co-ordinator – north, said: “Work to the roundabout commences on January 11, but we have stipulated that the town side section of Burgh Road must not be closed until NGG have completed. There will however, be closure of Burgh Road on the other side of the bypass, and roundabout works will commence there. Expect to see traffic signals in place on the bypass as well.”
He said the gritting teams, the depot of which is near the work area, and bus co-ordinators will be kept up to date with latest situation.
The work is expected to take three months and is be paving the way for town’s new filling station and pop-in Marks and Spencer store.
The £575,000 project, which is being funded by David Wilson Homes, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.
Diversion signs and “business as usual” notices will be in place and there will be traffic control.
The Lindum Group is also expected to start work on developing the former Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre site into the filling station and associated buildings.
Local councillor Ian Graham was positive about the plans, saying: “I am so pleased that at last two major improvements to the town are due to start shortly – firstly the development of the new petrol station, a boon to those of us who do not travel too far, secondly the roundabout at the junction of the bypass and Burgh Road.
“Although for some while it will mean a good deal of disruption, I believe it will be well worth it. I am certain that it will not only be safer for those using that junction but hopefully it will mean traffic being slower, and consequently safer, at the Buxton Road junction.”