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New 20mph zone in Norwich city is one stop closer after Norwich Highways Agency meeting

PUBLISHED: 09:39 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 25 July 2014

A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich.

A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich.

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A raft of changes in the city centre could see road closures, more cycle routes and a 20mph zone rolled out across the city.

Visitor permits

A plan to tackle the problem of visitor permit abuse in Norwich forms part of the consultation.

If approved, the current system of free all-day parking for visitors would be scrapped, and a new two-part permit scheme introduced

There would be a new short-stay two-hour visitor permit, operated by a clock in the car.

In addition, up to 60 pay-as-you-go day permit scratchcards would be available per household per year.

Costs for the two-hour permits are: £19 for a year, £14.50 for six months and £23.50 for 18 months.

For the scratch cards: £1 a day in city centre controlled zones and 50p a day in the outer-area controlled zones.

It is part of a move to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and the second stage of a two-part consultation process will begin following a Norwich Highways Agency Committee meeting yesterday.

The biggest of £1.7m worth of changes – a 20mph roll out across the city centre – would see roads such as Prince of Wales Road, St Giles Street, King Street and Duke Street drop from 30mph.

County and city councillors agreed the changes should be included in the consultation, and the results reported back in October.

If the plans go ahead, The Avenues in Norwich will be transformed to include a two-metre pedalway on either side of the road.

It is hoped the paths between Bluebell Road and Elizabeth Fry Road will make travelling by bike more appealing for nervous cyclists, and safe enough for a 12-year-old to use.

Click here to find out what happened when we tested out the 20mph limit

Closer to the city centre, Park Lane could be closed to vehicles in a bid to boost cycling routes, and a new “tiger” crossing aimed at both pedestrians and cyclists will be installed on Unthank Road.

But speaking at the meeting yesterday, Brian Lingwood, of Park Lane, presented a petition on behalf of about 50 householders.

He said there were no traffic problems on Park Lane, adding: “What matters is safety for all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers alike, as we all share the road, and that means reducing speed, rather than prioritising cyclists.”

It was also agreed to consult on proposals for contra-flow cycling on sections of Magdalen Street and Cowgate, where cyclists will take priority.

What do you think of the proposed changes in the city centre? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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