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Earlham Road Fiveways Roundabout – Cycle Safety Improvements

Start: Monday 3 June 2019

Expected completion: Friday 30 August 2019

Norfolk County Council will be carrying out significant roadworks on the Fiveways roundabout on Earlham Road/Watton Road (B1108) lasting 3 months.

Traffic management will be in place as the works – for a new roundabout, associated works including cycling improvements - will involve temporary closure of parts of Bluebell Road, Gipsy Lane and Earlham Green Lane which approach the roundabout.

Reasons for work:

• An accident investigation in October 2016 showed that the number of accidents at the B1108 Earlham Fiveways Roundabout was on the increase. A high proportion of these involved cyclists. The aim of this scheme is to reduce accidents by changing the layout of the roundabout and its approaches.

Traffic management:

• Work at Fiveways roundabout will be carried out by using a combination of road closures at the junctions with the roundabout and two-way traffic signals on Earlham Road. This will allow the project to be constructed in two halves, reducing the length of time it will take to build the project.

• Work is timed so that most of it will take place during the school summer holiday, helping to minimise disruption on the approach to the roundabout.

Road closures and diversions:

• Bluebell Road, Gipsy Lane and Earlham Green Lane will be closed at their junctions with the Earlham Road Fiveways roundabout for the duration of the work.

• During the closures, the signed alternative routes (suitable for HGVs) are:

-          Bluebell Road closure: via Bluebell Road, Newmarket Road, Mile End Road, Colman Road, onto Earlham Road

-          Earlham Green Lane closure: via Earlham Green Lane, Bowthorpe Road, Guardian Road, Farrow Road, onto Earlham Road.

-          Gipsy Lane closure: via Gipsy Lane, Bowthorpe Road, Guardian Road, Farrow Road, onto Earlham Road.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists:

• Temporary crossings and walkways will be provided to help pedestrians and cyclists cross the road and travel through the site.

A plan of the diversion routes is available on the web page below. First and konectbus services will be affected – please visit the web page for links to more information.


Details of work:

Changes to the layout of the roundabout and its approaches are designed to reduce accidents through the following measures.

• Resizing the roundabout’s central island to narrow the width of its lanes. This will reduce vehicle speeds and conflict between cyclists and other vehicles.

• Upgrading the three existing pedestrian signaled crossings to Toucan (pedestrian and cyclist) crossings to provide safe facilities for cyclists crossing the four busiest arms of the roundabout.

• Connecting all four Toucan crossings with a shared pedestrian/cycle path to allow cyclists to cross the roundabout separately from general traffic.

• Building ‘splitter’ islands on the four busiest arms to allow convenient and safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.

• Building a new raised table on Gipsy Lane near the roundabout, with a 20mph speed limit on the approach to improve the environment for walking and cycling.

• Improving the street lighting at the roundabout to fully illuminate the pedestrian/cycle facilities and splitter island crossings.

• Resurfacing of the roundabout and its approaches.

Click to enlarge the image below.


This is the first of two projects in the area to improve safety for cyclists.

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