This was a traffic jam once – photo ©The Eye Snapper
Proposals for All Saints Green and Brazengate are open for consultation as Transport for Norwich asks for feedback on plans to improve the area.
Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council have designed the project to provide better infrastructure for cyclists along the yellow pedalway, make it easier for pedestrians to move freely, and to enhance this part of the city centre for everyone.
It builds on the recently completed changes around Westlegate, which have significantly reduced traffic levels in All Saints Green and now mean the next proposed design changes can be put forward.
Features of the scheme include a continuous footway on Surrey Street across its junction with All Saints Green; removal of traffic signals on all arms of the same junction and conversion of existing advisory cycle lanes on Brazengate to wider, mandatory lanes.
Councillor Martin Wilby, chair of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport committees, says: “Improving access for pedestrians and cyclists is great for local businesses in the city centre. These proposals widen the area in which good infrastructure will be in place to help people move around more freely.”
Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for transport and vice-chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee, says: “Changes around Westlegate have already transformed the way people are using this part of the city so we’re looking to extend these benefits further. We’d like to hear from anyone who uses the area regularly to help shape the final details of the project.”
Funding for the project is from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant.
For more information on the details of the scheme, along with plans and how to respond to the consultation, please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/brazengate. The deadline for comments is Friday 7 July 2017.
Feedback on the project is due to be reported to the Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September. If approved for construction, work is expected to start early next year.
• Advisory cycle lanes are spaces on the carriageway for cyclists and occasional use by vehicles, mandatory cycle lanes are dedicated lanes solely for use by cyclists, and vehicles must not enter them.
• These proposed changes are part of the Norwich Area Transportation Strategy (NATS), known as Transport for Norwich. The principles of the project were agreed following consultation as part of the NATS Implementation Plan, which was adopted in 2010 and updated in 2013. Please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfn for more details