|Location Map ( geo)|
|Norwich Inner Ring Road|
|Distance:||4.2 miles (6.8 km)|
|Meets:||A1054, A11, A1074, A1402, A1151, A1242|
|Former Number(s):||A146, A1024, A1067|
|Route outline (key)|
The A147 is the number of the Norwich inner ring road.
Starting in the southeast corner of the city, most maps show that the A147 appears at the roundabout by County Hall. The A1054 heads south from here out of town, meaning that every road here has a different number. The A147 runs into town along Bracondale, the original line of the A146 and traffic lights are soon reached, which mark the end of the spur.
The A147 continues running towards the city centre along Bracondale before bearing left into Queens Road (the A146 used Ber Street to the right). Queens Road is of newer provenance than Bracondale and it soon becomes dual carriageway and scattered with roundabouts rather than traffic lights.
The first roundabout marks the end of the A11 after which the road bears to the right to pass Chapelfield Gardens and run up the west side of the city centre. For some reason the A1074 junction has traffic lights instead of a roundabout. At the next roundabout the road turns right. When originally built this roundabout only had the two entrances but now also provides access to an industrial estate.
Now heading east, the A147 crosses the River Wensum then runs between two more roundabouts on the elevated St Crispins Road. On returning to ground level the dual carriageway ends. The road continues east along Barrack Street to another roundabout where it meets the B1140 and turns right.
The A147 now heads south along Riverside Road, where the River Wensum is indeed immediately adjacent to the right. To the left is a gasworks after which it becomes residential. The famous Pulls Ferry watergate can soon be seen on the far side of the river, although the ferry no longer runs. The A1242 is then met at traffic lights after which the road leaves the river behind and runs round two sides of the station. It passes a retail park and the football stadium before crossing the river again. The bridge is a bascule bridge and therefore occasionally opens to let river traffic through.
Back on dry land the A147 bears left into King Street before reaching the set of traffic lights on Bracondale described above. It has now completed a full circuit of Norwich.