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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.
• 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.