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Traffic chaos ends

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:13 03 July 2010

GRIDLOCK: A familiar scene on all roads heading into Great Yarmouth last month- particularly coming into the town from the west and south.

GRIDLOCK: A familiar scene on all roads heading into Great Yarmouth last month- particularly coming into the town from the west and south.

Liz Coates

MISERY has come to an end for motorists fed up with diversions, tail-backs and temporary traffic lights around Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, engineers completed the main phases of road works to strengthen South Quay to cope with extra outer harbour traffic and will tomorrow move on to the final phase.

MISERY has come to an end for motorists fed up with diversions, tail-backs and temporary traffic lights around Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, engineers completed the main phases of road works to strengthen South Quay to cope with extra outer harbour traffic and will tomorrow move on to the final phase.

David Allfrey, highway projects manager, said traffic signals were due to be switched back on yesterday with the aim of getting everything back to normal apart from possibly some minor clear-up work like picking up cones.

“Then we have some works further south of where we have been working over the coming weekends at Southgates Road. We are doing it over weekends so as not to cause disruption to industrial traffic. It should not have any widespread impact,” he added.

Mr Allfrey said the work had been completed on time but slightly over budget with a few more tonnes of materials needed than was originally conceived.

The aim now was to complete the final section at Southgates Road quickly, possibly over two weekends, to minimise disruption and keep a lid on costs.

“Last week because it was half term we did not have too many traffic problems. We are very happy with how it has gone. We just need to get these few weekends out of the way and hopefully we wont need to visit Yarmouth for a while and leave everything clear for Christmas.”

Engineers will carry out a similar operation at Southgates Road that they have been doing elsewhere.

“The road through there is quite narrow and has taken a bit of a pounding so we need to get that up to a good standard and not go back there for some time,” Mr Allfrey added.


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