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New date set for £800k West Norfolk road repair project

An £800,000 road repair project near a West Norfolk sugar beet plant is expected to begin next week following a last-minute hold-up.

County transport officials say the four-week project to rebuild and resurface sections of the B1160 in Methwold was delayed at the weekend due to "circumstances beyond our control."

The scheme is now expected to start either on or after next Tuesday, June 1, with road closures and diversions in place.

British Sugar's Wissington sugar beet factory near Stoke Ferry.. (45654181)
British Sugar's Wissington sugar beet factory near Stoke Ferry.. (45654181)

A Norfolk County Council statement this morning said the work had been planned to start on Saturday and will cover the stretch from 860 metres north of the Feltwell Road junction to 20 metres south of the Wissington sugar beet factory.

It went on: "The start of these works will unfortunately now be delayed due to circumstances beyond our control.

"We hope that they will now commence on or soon after Tuesday 1st June, the works are expected to take four weeks to complete, weather permitting."

The road will be closed throughout the work with no access to Broad Drove. Drivers wishing to access Broad Drove will need to approach the area from the east, via Methwold Hythe.

The council added: "We will do our best to maintain access to businesses and properties within the road closure area.

"However, due to the nature of the works and the size of the plant required for the works some delays may be unavoidable and access will need to be from one end of the closure dependant on where our plant is operating at that time.

"Members of the team will be on site ready to assist and advise on the best direction to obtain access.

"We will put signs in place to let people know that businesses are open as usual and we will tell emergency services and bus companies about the closures, so that they can plan for their vehicles.

"We have planned this work, so it does not clash with the sugar beet campaign in order to minimise disruption on this key route."

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