July 22 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 12, 2014
An £800,000 traffic shake-up for the Tombland area of Norwich has been given the go-ahead.
The changes to Tombland and Palace Street are part of a £5.7m project to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to get around.
Members of the Norwich highways agency committee agreed to the alterations at a meeting today.
One of the proposals will see the mini-roundabout, outside the Maids Head Hotel, replaced with a junction.
Council officers say as well as making it safer for cyclists, that would also stop lorries from bashing into one of the ancient gates to Norwich Cathedral.
The proposals would also see a two-way cycle path on Tombland, wider pavements and the removal of the pedestrian crossing near the Edith Cavell statue.
That crossing would be replaced by a toucan crossing at the Princes Street junction.
On nearby Palace Street, on-street parking would be removed and a two-way cycle track put in.
Councillors approved the proposals in principle.
Green city councillor Denise Carlo said: “I very much welcome the scheme as I am a regular cyclist and pedestrian and aware of the conflicts between different users.”
The committee heard there had been 13 slight injuries and one serious injury in the area over the past five years, with five of the six accidents at the roundabout involving cyclists.
Public consultation will start next month and any objections will return to the committee in September. Following that, work would start early next year.
The proposals form part of the £5.7m Push The Pedalways project. That project, awarded £3.7m by the Department of Health, aims to improve the eight-mile pink pedalway cycle route between the Norwich Research Park and Heartsease.
The council has already revealed its proposals for areas such as Heartsease, Mousehold, the Golden Triangle and Earlham.
In the months ahead, more consultations will be carried out in areas such as Earlham Road, Adelaide Street, Bethel Street, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
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