Big City Roadworks Move on to Next Phase

5 July 2010, 06:00

The next stage of the big road works plan around the north of Norwich city centre is getting started this week.

The work is all part of the St Augustine's Gyratory scheme that is planned to do up the area and make traffic flow in and out of the city better.

St Augustine's Street itself will be closing to traffic - but not to shopping or business - for over three months, and when it reopens to vehicles in mid-October it will have been transformed.

The closure will allow the replacement of the gas main along St Augustines Street, along with the reconstruction of the road and pavements, creating much more space for pedestrians thanks to the street becoming one-way north-bound heading out of the city centre.

Traffic heading in and out of the city centre will be diverted along Magpie Road, Esdelle/Edward Street, and the new link road that has already been built round to Pitt Street.

The St Augustine's Gyratory scheme will create a clockwise one-way flow of traffic using Magpie Road, Esdelle Street/Edward Street, the new link road to Pitt Street (leading to St Crispin's Roundabout on the inner ring road), and returning north along St Augustine's Street.

The improvement has been designed to fit in with the proposed redevelopment of the Anglia Square Shopping Centre.

The work is costing just over 3 million pounds and is mainly being paid for by the Greater Norwich Growth Point funds and Norfolk County Council's Local Transport Plan funds.