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Work to start on new zebra crossing for St Augustine’s Street in Norwich

St Augustine's Street after the one-way scheme was introduced. Photo by Simon Finlay

St Augustine's Street after the one-way scheme was introduced. Photo by Simon Finlay

EDP pics © 2011

Work starts next week to install a zebra crossing and rebuild the damaged carriageway in St Augustine’s Street, just north of Norwich city centre.

This will involve road closures with Edward Street and New Botolph Street closed to through traffic from Tuesday, January 6 for two days. Following the completion of this work, Edward Street and New Botolph Street will be re-opened. St Augustine’s Street will then be closed to through traffic, with the scheme set to be completed by Sunday, January 18.

It comes just three years after the £3.3m one-way traffic scheme was introduced in St Augustine’s.

Stuart McLaren, secretary, St Augustine’s Community Together Residents’ Association (ACT), said: “The need for a additional pedestrian crossing in St Augustine’s Street has been something our community group, set up in 2004, has long campaigned for.

“More recently, in 2013, the late David English, the well-known local dentist who died in a skiing accident in 2014, called for a crossing mid-way along this busy street to help residents and customers and staff of businesses to cross the street safely, especially during the busiest rush-hours for northbound traffic, between 3 and 6pm.”

Mr McLaren said the council had originally planned to site the zebra crossing on the north side of the junction of Sussex Street and St Augustine’s Street, but following local consultation and the input of the community group, it had switched the crossing to the south side of the junction, which he said people felt was a safer position for pedestrians to cross and also had the advantage of allowing traffic to leave Sussex Street while the flow was briefly held up in St Augustine’s Street. Are you campaigning for an extra pedestrian crossing where you live? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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