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I have to queue up to get into my own DRIVEWAY over ‘ludicrous’ lights – it’s ridiculous

A HOME owner has been left fuming over having to queue up to get into his own driveway thanks to ludicrous traffic lights.

Eric Cork, 87, is one of a number of residents frustrated at having to constantly battle traffic jams outside their homes near the airport in Norwich, Norfolk.

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Eric Cork claims that he has to queue up to get into his house thanks to the ludicrous lightsCredit: Archant
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Temporary traffic lights are currently in place on Holt RoadCredit: Archant

Temporary traffic lights causing chaos are currently in place in Hellesdon's Holt Road leading up to The Nest, reports Norwich Evening News.

Eric, who has lived in Holt Road for 50 years said: "On Sunday the traffic was nearly down to The Firs but nobody appeared to be working there.

"I have to queue up to even get into my own driveway."

Mr Cork added: "Only a few weeks ago they put in new gas mains.

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"It's ludicrous. That's all I can call it. I have never known anything like it before with roadworks."

The county council appointed a private contractor to construct a junction at the Trott Rentals entrance.

However, due to the area of works and the required safety zone, the overall site area extends into Holt Road with two-way traffic lights in place to allow safe vehicle movement.

Works are due to finish on Monday, May 16, but Eric is not alone in voicing concerns over the disruption on their doorsteps. 

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Local resident Debbie Graci, 63, said: "The traffic lights are a nightmare. The other day I just wanted to pop to the shop but ended up having to negotiate out of my own drive.

"We have never had anything through the door telling us what is happening.

"To get in and out of Hellesdon is a nightmare at the moment." 

A nearby bus lane has also been suspended with cones in place for roadworks, while traffic lights have also been holding up motorists in Middletons Lane nearby.

A Norfolk County Council spokeswoman said: "The works are taking place on the airport side of the A140 and no restrictions are in place that would stop people accessing their properties."

But Hellesdon district councillor Sue Prutton disagreed that the works had not caused any problems

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She said: "Personally, I am just in a state of numbness by all the roadworks.

"Wherever I need to be I have to work out in advance the best way to go and the best time."