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Motorists report lengthy delays as work starts on busy road

PUBLISHED: 11:30 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 25 September 2018

Roadworks on the Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane junction have caused delays in the town. Picture: Dan Bennett.

Roadworks on the Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane junction have caused delays in the town. Picture: Dan Bennett.

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Motorists experiencing around 30 minutes worth of delays due to works on one of Dereham’s busiest roads have warned other drivers to stay well away from the area.

Works to improve the traffic signals on the junction at Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane began on Monday September 24 and are set to last for two weeks.

Drivers in Dereham have experienced significant delays following the commencement of the work, which has caused long queues to form on the surrounding roads.

Motorists have taken to social media to express their frustrations.

Eve Atherton wrote: “Just stay away from Yaxham road, it’s hell” and Eileen Howman commented: “ At 10am this (Monday) morning, it took 40 mins from Hillcrest, Toftwood to Morrisons.”

Angela Carter posted: “Left at 8.05am from Toftwood to Neatherd - got to Neatherd at 8.40, son on time! Got back to Toftwood school at 9am - both girls had to go in through office as late - then took 20 minutes to get out of school lane!”

Sonia Bradshaw added: “It’s getting ridiculous, people aren’t going to come into town which will have a knock on effect for businesses. It’s getting beyond a joke.”

Fears have recently been expressed by Dereham Town Council and mayor Hilary Bushell over the further impact of traffic on the town as the size of Dereham grows, with 297 new homes set to be built on Greenfields Road.

Motorists had already experienced lengthy delays prior to the latest roadworks, with work on Neatherd Road earlier this month also causing queues through the town.

Three way temporary traffic signals will be in operation for 24 hours each day during the Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane junction works and will be operated manually during peak times.

In a statement, Norfolk County Council said: “These measures are essential to safely carry out the necessary traffic improvements. Access to properties and businesses within the works will be maintained at all times.

“The work will cost £140,000 and will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.”

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