New NCN Sign at Knettishall

Thanks to Suffolk County Council, the sign I’d previously requested and got agreement for at the Knettishall Cross-Roads was finally put up a few weeks ago. The new sign is at the junction of NCN Route 13 and RCN Route 30, and should help clear up any confusion at this hard-to-sign location.


Unfortunately we were never shown the final designs before the sign was put up, and the original sign was missing the Route 13 patches on the arm pointing towards Thetford. I’ve been able to correct that  reasonably well with the Sustrans stickers, although on one side the extra number isn’t technically in the right place. Also, the distances on the sign seem a bit short by my measuring, so I’m not sure how they were calculated.

Route Inspection: NR13 from Thetford to Harling Woods

I did a quick route inspection of National Route 13 between Thetford and the south end of Brigham Lane today. The vegetation on Green lane in Thetford is still a bit problematic and the curb issue I previously reported to the council hasn’t been fixed yet (vegetation report; curb report). Brigham Lane was still rather sandy in places, so will continue to be monitored.

Signing on Route 13

I’d previously noticed some missing signs on the Route 13 link between Thompson and Griston, where the traffic signs they’d been attached to had been replaced. So today I added three new self-adhesive signs and re-positioned a permanent sign where the route crosses the A1075.

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While out, I also spotted a missing sign on Route 13 just south of Merton, so I replaced that too (left photo below).

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A couple of the existing signs in Merton were overgrown (right photo above), and I’ll return to sort that out. I also think we could do with confirmation signs on the south edge of Watton. So that’s two jobs to go on my ‘To Do List’.

Route Inspection: NR13 from Thetford to Harling Woods

I did a quick route inspection of National Route 13 between Thetford and the south end of Brigham Road today. There were a couple of issues with encroaching vegetation and a step/curb on Green lane in Thetford.

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I cut back a few dangerous brambles and reported the other issues to Norfolk County Council (vegetation report; curb report). Everything else was ok, although a couple of signs could do with a clean next time I’m passing.

Route Inspection: NR13 from Thetford to Harling Woods

I went out to check this section of National Route 13 and Regional Route 30 today. All the signage was fine. Green Lane in Thetford was a little muddy / puddly in places but was ok. The worst part was the Restricted Byway of Bridgham Lane. There were several flooded potholes, some covering the whole width of the track. Nearer the southern end, the sandy nature of the track meant the surface was not very firm, and could be slippy in places. I shall report this to Norfolk County Council to see if there is anything that can be done.


Thetford to Elveden Cycleway Update

I have previously blogged about the new cycle track parallel to the dualled A11 just south of Thetford. The track links the Sainsbury’s roundabout in Thetford to the now de-trunked old alignment of the A11, which continues to Elveden.

While the track itself is excellent, it is not well connected at its two ends. I have recently heard some good news from Suffolk County Council regarding their plans for the southern end. It is planned to widen the existing footway on the southern side of the road to create a new shared-use cycle path alongside the old A11 to link the existing cycle path at Elveden Gap to the C633 junction. Following the old A11 south from this junction to the Elveden crossroads there will be advisory cycle lanes added to each side of the carriageway.

The scheme looks pretty good, and is much better than I was hoping for. I have two slight reservations, concerning the sharp corner where cycle path turns 90º from the existing route onto the new path at Elveden Gap, and the access to and from the new path at the C633. Hopefully my feedback will allow Suffolk County Council to improve both of these locations.

Once the work is complete, which is expected to be by the end of 2015, the remaining issue will be the connection of the new route to Thetford Town centre at the north end. Norfolk County Council it’ll be over to you…