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Plan ahead or face 18-mile diversion

PUBLISHED: 11:50 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:47 07 July 2010

Kathryn Cross

Motorists are being given advanced warning of roadworks to a busy link road between the A1067 and A47 and asked to plan their journeys carefully or face an 18-mile diversion.

Motorists are being given advanced warning of roadworks to a busy link road between the A1067 and A47 and asked to plan their journeys carefully or face an 18-mile diversion.

Norfolk County Council will close the road from Morton, just south of Lenwade, on the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham Road to the Honingham junction on the A47 while it reconstructs a culvert on Weston Hall Road in Weston Longville to prevent water flooding across the road.

The road will be closed for two weeks from Monday, November 3 and a signed diversion will take motorists down the A1067 to the Norwich ring road (A140), onto the Dereham Road (A1074) and back onto the A47 - an 18-mile trip instead of the four miles it would have normally taken on the link road.

The diversion will also mean motorists will have to negotiate the ongoing roadworks on the A47 at the Mattishall Road junction where a new roundabout is being created.

A spokesman for the council said that although the link road was not classified as an A or B road it was a designated access route.

He said: “A lot of traffic uses this connection and in the absence of a northern distributor route any diversion has to take into account the fact that it is an important access route within the county. We have to divert traffic on roads of a sufficient standard to take that traffic.

“There are other ways to get across the river valley. We wanted to put this warning out in good time to allow people to plan their journeys so they can avoid having to take the diversion and find better options.

“We would ask that people don't just rely on sat nav because it can take vehicles down roads that are not suitable but we want people to understand the roadworks are happening and allow additional time or choose another route.”

Norfolk Planning and Transportation Partnership will carry out the work, costing £22,500. Norfolk County Council apologises for the inconvenience caused. Pedestrian access over the culvert and access to properties will be maintained at all times.

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