A road in Letchworth is set to close to motorists for over two weeks as a new crossing is installed.

Norton Road will be shut from Monday (April 3) until Friday, April 14, as a signal-controlled puffin crossing is put in place.

Further daytime and nighttime closures will follow until Saturday, April 22.

During this time, the Three Horseshoes pub and Bickerdikes Garden Center will remain accessible via the Stotfold end of Norton Road.

Residents and local councillors have petitioned for a crossing near Norton St Nicholas Primary and Nursery School for some years, following "several near misses" at the location.


A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: "Following calls from residents for a safer walking route to and from Norton St Nicholas Primary School, Hertfordshire County Council will soon install a new signal-controlled puffin crossing on Norton Road, by the junction of Croft Lane.

"These works will begin on Monday, April 3 and have been planned to coincide with the start of the school Easter holidays, so as to minimise disruption for parents, children and school staff.


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"We will use those two weeks to complete as much of the work as possible, and for that, Norton Road will be closed to traffic 24/7 until Friday, April 14.

"Some daytime and nighttime closures will follow, expected to last until Saturday 22nd April.

"Drivers of larger vehicles will need to divert away from this area and are advised to check local height and width restrictions in advance.

The Comet: Some closures will follow, until April 22.Some closures will follow, until April 22. (Image: Google Maps)

"We apologise in advance for the disruption and delays which these works will cause locally, and please be assured that we have planned to keep both of these to a minimum."

Cllr Daniel Allen, who campaigned for the road crossing, told the Comet: "After years of campaigning from local people and Norton Action Group, this crossing is finally coming to fruition.

The Comet: Children and parents waiting for a gap in traffic.Children and parents waiting for a gap in traffic. (Image: Chloe James)

"Making Norton safer, not just for children, but for everyone looking to enjoy the village and access the greenway.

"I want to thank County Councillor Tina Bhartwas for her work and dedication to making this happen."