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Not again! Two weeks of delays soon set to begin on one of Dereham’s busiest roads

PUBLISHED: 16:45 11 September 2018

The roadworks on Neatherd Road have already caused long delays in the town. Picture: Dan Bennett.

The roadworks on Neatherd Road have already caused long delays in the town. Picture: Dan Bennett.

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Motorists can expect to experience lengthy delays for two weeks on one of Dereham’s busiest roads later this month.

Work to improve the traffic signals on the junction at Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane will start on Monday September 24.

Three way temporary traffic signals will be in operation for 24 hours each day and will be operated manually during peak times.

This comes at a time when motorists are already experiencing significant delays in the town, with some drivers having reported taking half an hour to drive a quarter of a mile primarily due to the recent closure of Neatherd Road.

A spokesperson from Norfolk County Council said: “To minimise disruption to the traffic in Dereham we plan to carry out some 24 hour working so that the scheme can be completed as soon as possible.

“These measures are essential to safely carry out the necessary traffic improvements. Access to properties and businesses within the works will be maintained at all times.

“The county council thanks people for their patience while the traffic signals junction improvement work is carried out.

“The work which will cost £140,000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.”

Concerns have also recently been expressed by Dereham Town Council over the impact on traffic in the town as the size of Dereham grows, with 279 new homes soon set to be built on Greenfields Road.

Mayor of Dereham Hilary Bushell said: “We have fought long and hard with Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council over the traffic problems in Dereham.

“This just proves how little it will take to bring Dereham to a standstill. People are still coming to the town but I think in the end it will have a knock on effect.

“The more houses we build, the more problems there will be and it will get worse and worse.

“We must be grateful that our roads are being looked after but as a town council, this is a concern for both our officers and our members.”

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