As part of a longer ride today, I took the opportunity to fix a couple of issues I’d noticed previously on Route 30 just north of Thetford.
First, one of the existing Ranger Signs attached to a telegraph pole on Frog Hill Road north of Croxton had become hidden by the overgrowing hedge. A bit of cutting back soon fixed that.
Secondly, a road sign that previously held a permanent NCN sign at the junction of Frog Hill Road and Harling Drove Road, had been damaged a couple of months ago. It was then completely removed. Unfortunately Norfolk County Council didn’t get back to me about whether/when the sign would be reinstated. This was the only right-turn sign for cyclists on Harling Drove Road. So as a temporary solution, I’ve attached a new ranger sign to a convenient telegraph pole.
On my way to a meeting I reinstated a sign on Castle Street that had been removed when a roundabout sign had been replaced. I also noticed that some new Public Spaces Protection Order notices had been put up over another Sustrans sign outside the Post Office. I’ve asked Breckland Council if they can be moved.
Update 24/02/2018: That was quick work from Breckland — the signs have already been moved to a neighbouring post.
Today I went out to check on a section of route I hadn’t visited for a while: Regional Route 30 between Thetford and Weeting. The route itself was fine, though I needed to do a few sign repairs in Brandon. One sign on Woodcock Rise needed a clean, three signs were missing on DOwnham Way and St Benedict’s Road where the lamp-posts they had been attached to had been replaced by the Council, and there was one sign on a pipeline marker post on St Benedict’s Road that needed re-attaching.
There was also a missing sign in Weeting, for cyclists turning right out of Peppers Close onto Brandon Road. But I’ll need to go back to do that, as it needs a special “use cycle path” direction arrow. (The orignal — now missing — sign is shown below.)
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.
Today I had a meeting with someone from Suffolk County Council Highways about getting some better permanent signage installed at the Knettishall cross-roads where National Route 13 and Regional Route 30 split.
It seems Suffolk County Council have found some money, and will hopefully be able to provide a new three-armed sign with destinations and distances for the three directions that the NCN routes take from the junction, as in the mock-up shown in my previous post.
The sign is now up. See New NCN Sign at Knettishall.
On the way out of Thetford towards Croxton on Route 13, there are a couple of roads to be crossed with the help of a crossing (London Road opposite the Thomas Paine Hotel, and Mundford Road by the Leisure Centre). However, the presence of the crossing isn’t always obvious on the approach, and the current signage wasn’t always useful either.
Therefore I’ve obtained some special “Use Crossing” signs to help people chose the best route. Unfortunately the available street furniture for locating these near the junctions wasn’t ideal, but they should be better than nothing.
I went out to check my section of Regional Route 30 between Thetford and Harling Woods this evening. One sign needed a bit of re-attachement to a telegraph pole, which I did. Another sign just before the left turn off Kilverstone road onto Green Lane in Thetford was obscured by undergrowth, which could do with cutting back at some point. The only other issue I found was that Bridgham Lane was again rather sandy. We may have to look to divert the route is the surface can’t be improved.
While on a recreational bike ride, I stopped to repair a pair of NCN signs on Regional Route 30 just north of Croxton. They were two self-adhesive ranger signs stuck to a telegraph pole, which had been on my “to do” list for some time.
The two old signs had been somewhat damaged by the wood preservative that had been applied to the telegraph pole. They’ve now been replaced by a new shiny pair.