Work starts March 6 on new Felbrigg roundaabout

Work is set to start on Monday, March 6, on a long-campaigned-for improvement at the junction of the A148 and B1436 at Felbrigg near Cromer.

This follows the announcement in June 2016 that the funding had been secured from a number of partners for the new £619,000 roundabout.

To allow the scheme to go ahead Hilary Cox, local county councillor for Cromer, worked to secure pledges of money from Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), North Norfolk District Council, Cromer Town Council, local parish councils of Roughton, Runton and Felbrigg, and developers and local businesses.

The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete so the new roundabout should be in place by the end of May.

She said: “It’s so gratifying, after so many years of effort, to see this scheme about to start and backed by such a wide range of community supporters. The new roundabout means the junction will be much easier to negotiate, safer, and encourage vehicles that do not need to stop in Cromer to bypass it and cut congestion in the town.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the roundabout ready not only for all the local residents and businesses but also all the people who come to enjoy this lovely part of the world during the busy summer season.”

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Norfolk County Council’s environment, transport and development committee said: “This is a great example of a community coming together to deliver a local priority. This new roundabout will benefit local people and visitors alike.

“We try to minimise disruption during roadworks but know that delays are likely while the work is under way so we thank people for their patience while this much called for local scheme is built.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen a scheme made possible through partners’ contributions. This could well point the way forward for other requests for larger schemes which don’t meet the criteria for the county council to fund alone but which could be made possible if enough partners can chip in.”

During the majority of the work both the A148 and the B1436 will remain open however delays are likely as traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights so motorists are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.A temporary closure of the route will be required when the new roundabout is being surfaced.

Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council ward member for Felbrigg and chairman of the Steps to Safety Campaign said: “North Norfolk District Council is pleased to have been able to contribute nearly £30,000 to this project that will improve safety on the roads for our residents while cutting congestion and making visiting our beautiful area better for tourists.

“To get to this point after so many years is terrific, and it has taken hard work and strong support from many sides. I would especially like to thank the dedication and financial contribution made by local parish councils that have given at a level out of proportion to their relatively small size.”

Work to start tomorrow on new Aylsham roundabout

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.”