As frustrating as road works are for all of us, they are necessary to keep residents and businesses supplied with energy be it electric, gas or water, to alleviate traffic congestion and maintain highways and footways in the longer term and above all to keep everyone safe.
The Town Council does its best to alert the public to any highways works it has been made aware of that are being carried out by Norfolk County Council and utility companies. These are scheduled works and the www.roadworks.org website is the site to visit if you want to prepare yourself for works ahead.
When works are not forewarned, this is almost always because they are classed as emergency. This could be because businesses are unable to operate due to lack of electricity supply, that an elderly resident doesn’t have access to water or ultimately that if the works are not undertaken, a significant incident could occur such as a gas explosion. It is appreciated that this causes traffic delays for many and this can be inconvenient but problems are being fixed for others.
The County Council and utility companies do work with us to try and minimise disruption as far as possible with scheduled works but if emergency works are required simultaneously, then they have to take place. The cost of postponing scheduled works whilst the emergency works are carried out would be astronomical.
New crossing on Victoria Road
Norfolk County Council was due to replace the former traffic light-controlled system on the A1066 outside Diss Leisure Centre as it was at the end of its useful life. The cost of doing so would have been in the region of £150k. The County’s Safety Audit team therefore assessed the crossing and concluded that that the existing scheme was no longer viable given the low footfall. A far more cost-effective cycle & pedestrian tiger crossing is being installed, which should also help to alleviate the traffic flow.
On Sunday 18th November 10 am – Monday 19th November 6am, surfacing work will require a temporary road closure along Victoria Road for around 100m from 39m east of the junction with Victoria Close. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times & the County Council thanks people for their patience whilst this work is carried out.
Update on the current Market Hill works
The essential works at the bottom of Market Hill & St Nicholas Street are being undertaken due to burnt out cabling, which has caused a power shortage in some locations in the town.
The road closure is in place until Tuesday 20th November with access to businesses and homes maintained.
Given the need to re-open the road as soon as possible & scheduling requirements, the highway and footway with be temporarily resurfaced to a standard that will withstand normal traffic use, whilst the permanent reinstatement to match with existing new Triangle surfacing, is planned.
For enquiries, please contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or visit their website.