King Street roadworks underway

ROADWORKS started this week to widen the road at the Regent Road end of King Street, as part of the regeneration of the Great Yarmouth street.Contractors working for Norfolk County Council cordoned off a section of King Street near Greenwoods on Monday as work began to prepare the junction for the reversal of the one way system.

ROADWORKS started this week to widen the road at the Regent Road end of King Street, as part of the regeneration of the Great Yarmouth street.

Contractors working for Norfolk County Council cordoned off a section of King Street near Greenwoods on Monday as work began to prepare the junction for the reversal of the one way system.

The contractors expect to complete the widening by Wednesday , returning some time before November 13 to make the temporary paving permanent, though this process is expected to only take one day to complete.

But their presence has already caused complaints from shopkeepers who say they have lost trade due to the disturbance and noise from the diggers churning up the pavement.

The new traffic flow will be a reversal of the existing system with vehicles heading south along King Street from the town centre. Traffic that previously came north along King Street from Nottingham Way will instead travel down Deneside.

The plans will also result in changes to bus services travelling to and from the Barrack estate in Yarmouth with buses coming from the estate heading north along Deneside and turning left into Regent Road and Regent Street, while buses heading in the opposite direction will travel along King Street.

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Both the north and south sections of King Street, along with Yarmouth Way and Deneside will have to be closed at various stages to allow for re-surfacing and road widening, but the county council has not announced a timetable for the closures.

The traffic work is part of an �8m project to regenerate St George's Theatre and the surrounding area and the roadworks are due to finish at Easter.