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Monday, November 5, 2012
The first major traffic survey in Norwich for six years has started today.
Drivers around Norwich are being asked to fill in postcards telling traffic bosses where they are travelling from and to, as part of the first major traffic survey in the city in six years.
Norfolk County Council is collecting information about journeys to predict future transport needs more accurately.
On some sites motorists are being asked to give on-the-spot information about their journeys, but on others, to help keep traffic flowing, pre-paid postcards will be handed out for people to fill in and return by post.
Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation at Norfolk County Council, said: “We last carried out comprehensive surveys of this sort in 2006, and that data now needs updating.
“Accurate information is vital as we continue to develop our travel and transport plans for Norwich and its surrounding area.
“I hope people will understand the importance of these surveys, and where they are given a postcard, take just a few minutes to fill it in and put it in the post.”
Around 30 surveys will take place on Mondays to Thursdays until late November. Two or three sites in different parts of Norwich will be surveyed each day, but the council is not revealing where ahead of the checks.
The council said the programme of surveys has been devised, as far as possible, to avoid any ongoing roadworks and will be carried out by independent research company Nationwide Data Collection, whose staff will all carry identification.
Council bosses have also set up 64 electronic counter sites in and around the city to help update County Hall’s traffic data.
In August, a public inquiry into a junction change on the A47 near Norwich was postponed because a revised traffic assessment on the impact of the changes had not been finalised.
But the county council said the latest checks were not connected with that scheme - a new interchange known as the Postwick Hub which would serve the planned Broadland Gate business park and act as the gateway to the proposed northern bypass.