Drivers and traders have had a stay of execution over roadworks that are expected to deliver seven weeks of delay on one of Lynn’s major routes.
The installation of a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Lynn Road and Queen Mary Road in Gaywood was due to start on Monday with work continuing until March 7.
But today Norfolk County Council, who are carrying out th ework, said that problems with obtaining the traffic light equipment means a postponement of the start date for two weeks.
When the work does start, temporary lights are to be put in place at the junction of Lynn Road and Queen Mary Road and motorists have been warned to expect delays for the duration.
Heidi Meade-Taylor, who has three businesses in Lynn Road, including Heidi’s Hair and Beauty and Tanfastic tanning salon, has welcomed the crossing that is being created at the top of Queen Mary Road but fears the disruption.
She said: “It just seems like an annual thing for there to be a major upheaval in the road there and people take different routes which means trade slows down.
“It is a busy crossing there though and school children use it a lot so it will be a benefit when it is finished.”
Michael Giffen, of MJ Giffen Butchers, said: “Seven weeks of work outside our shops will ruin trade. Trade is bad enough after Christmas, as it is, without them helping it along.”
The existing crossing on Lynn Road will close during the work.
A Norfolk County Council statement said: “Signs will be erected on all approaches to the area, on the bypass, in town and at Wootton Gap to advise drivers that delays are likely.”