Bus station passengers face week of evening delays

Market Gates roadworks

Market Gates roadworks - Credit: Archant

Passengers face nine days of disruption at the town’s bus station because of a road closure.

Regent Boulevard, which runs through the bus station towards BHS, will be closed to buses for nine days overnight while new signage is put up at Market Gates Shopping Centre.

The work has been scheduled to take place overnight to minimise the impact on passengers in and out of the town centre as well as general traffic flow.

The two bus lanes on the right into the station, will be closed between the hours of 7pm and 6am, from Monday April 18, to Tuesday, April 26.

While many passengers use bus services at the station after 7pm, Norfolk County Council, who will enforce the road closure, say there should not be too much disruption to commuters between those times.

A spokesman said: “The road closures are affecting just the bus-only lanes, and it has been laid outside of the busy peak day period.

“We envisage there won’t be too much disruption caused while the works at the bus station are ongoing.”

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Bus routes that normally go through Regent Boulevard, Regent Street and King Street, will instead be diverted via Temple Road, Alexandra Road, Yarmouth Way and onto South Quay.

A spokesman for First Bus said: “As a result of the road closure on Regent Boulevard, the only bus stop which won’t be in use is the one by the Town Hall as buses will not be able to go down Regent Road.

“For those bus stops on Regent Boulevard and on Regent Road outside BHS, there will be signs put up on the stops telling people their buses will stop on Temple Road.”

This week, roadworks also commenced on Marine Parade on the seafront. The works were originally scheduled to start on April 4, but after concerns by local traders, were pushed back to April 11.

Carriageway resurfacing and repairs to granite block took place between the Hollywood Cinema and the pedestrian crossing opposite Brittania Pier between 7am and 7pm.

Norfolk County Council hopes the works will be completed by the first May Bank Holiday.

Details of the main road resurfacing on Marine Parade includes:

Week of April 18 - Full 24 hour closure of Marine Parade from the north of Prince’s Road junction to signalised pedestrian crossing opposite the Pier to enable resurfacing works. Prince’s Road will also be closed at the junction to Marine Parade.

Week of April 25 - Full 24 hour road closure of Marine Parade from signalised pedestrian crossing opposite the Pier to south of the junction with Britannia Road. Britannia Road will also be closed to through traffic.