(Content taken from Norfolk.gov.uk)
Work to build the new A140 Hempnall roundabout is progressing well, with the scheme that started in May 2019 set for completion by the end of the year.
The next steps will see the A140 closed at the Hempnall junction over two upcoming weekends to allow for road surfaces to be laid on brand-new sections of the route.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: “As someone who drives this road most days I’m so impressed to see the fantastic progress already made with so little impact on traffic using this busy route. We’re doing this work, which needs the road to be closed, over two weekends in order to minimise disruption.
“I’m grateful for people’s continued patience while we carry out this work which will make the junction safer, help to unlock economic growth and development in the area, and improve access from side roads onto the A140. The short-term pain of the two weekend closures, will be well worth the long-term gain of the vital improvements.”
The roundabout, which is being built to the west of the existing crossroads, has been taking shape over the past two months. Work so far has also included construction of a new section of road where the C497 Bungay Road will meet the roundabout, and the installation of surface water drainage including the creation of lagoons.
The A140 will be closed at the Hempnall junction on the following dates and times:
- From 8pm on Friday 30 August until 6am on Monday 2 September
- From 8pm on Friday 6 September until 6am on Monday 9 September
As always, official diversion routes will make sure traffic is directed along routes of the same or higher classification than the closed road. So, while the A140 is closed, signs will direct people along the A143 and A146.
Appropriate diversion routes will also be in place for local traffic – please see plan in link below. It is expected that after the second weekend of work the C497 will be reopened. This road has been temporarily closed at its A140 junction since May 2019.
Up-to-date information about the scheme is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/hempnallcrossroads
Care has been taken to avoid any clash with rail engineering works and therefore ensure that the A140 closures do not coincide with replacement coach services.
It will also be necessary to close one lane of the A140 on the nights of 9 and 10 September between 8pm and 6am – the road will remain open with temporary traffic lights to allow vehicles to move safely past the work.
In October 2017 the Department for Transport awarded Norfolk County Council £3.05 million towards the £4.57 million cost of the scheme, this includes a £650,770 investment from the LEP via the Government’s Growth Deal programme. The remainder of the funding will come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Norfolk County Council.
The existing junction, known locally as the Hempnall crossroads, has a poor injury accident record, with eleven personal injury accidents in the last five years (latest available figures run up to the end of May 2019). These accidents resulted in 15 casualties, with one categorised as serious.
Two thirds of the injury accidents involved vehicles emerging from the side roads onto the A140, with the remainder being tail end collisions in traffic and single vehicle loss of control incidents. The roundabout will improve this section of the A140 that has seen a number of collisions over the years and sadly some recent fatalities.
An informal public consultation on the plan, that ran in March and April 2018, showed overwhelming support for the scheme.