Rackheath Lane, Spixworth, has been permanently closed at its junction with the B1150 North Walsham Road (pictured above) now that the A1270 Northern Distributor Road provides a vastly better link through to the A1151 Wroxham Road.
The closure is to ensure that traffic stops using the narrow lanes and difficult junctions that were popular routes before there was a purpose-built alternative.
The closure also simplifies access from Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, on to the B1150. Although more traffic will be turning right towards the NDR, it will not be competing with traffic emerging from Rackheath Lane. The mouth of Crostwick Lane has been widened to ease left turns.
Permanent changes in the roads serving the Plumstead area will come into effect on Monday 19 February when Plumstead Road and Middle Road reopen and Smee Lane and Low Road close.
Plumstead Road has been closed since mid-January to allow completion of its realignment to a new roundabout serving a link road connection to the A1270 NDR.
Middle Road, an important local access route over the NDR from Great Plumstead, has been closed since May 2016 for construction of a bridge over the new dual carriageway.
Both roads will be open to general traffic by 6am on Monday 19 February. A permanent 30mph speed limit will be in force on Middle Road.
At the same time, Smee Lane and Low Road, which have been kept open during the closure of Plumstead Road and Middle Road, will close permanently.
Traffic management staff will be at the ‘Road Closed Ahead’ signs on Monday to redirect any vehicles trying to get through these lanes. Access to properties within the closure will be maintained, and temporary turning heads will be provided at the points of closure.
Closure of these two lanes will allow them to be broken up and removed so that the NDR dual carriageway can be completed.