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

A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich. A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich.

Friday, July 25, 2014
9:39 AM

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

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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

8 comments

  • The council just don't get it,do they? some of us just don't approve of anything they do,in fact most of us would like to abolish the council and reduce council tax! they just can't leave anything alone,and feel obliged to spend ratepayers money,even if it makes no sense!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • If Archant doesn't like your comment they delete it! I am fed up with the highways committee whining on about speed limits when the real problem is rotten crumbling roads! How can these people spend money on messing about with traffic priorities when the real problem is lack of maintenance of the roads! If we all had people with red flags walking in front of motorists in the city the problem would be solved,and unemployment would be reduced , now there's an idea!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • 20mph in Norwich city centre, on virtually all these roads you can't go more than 20mph and that's if you are lucky. Prince of Wales Road is restricted to 20mph by traffic signals there, so why mention that specifically! This seems totally unnecessary, all about appearing to do something rather than actually doing something, which is necessary on the roads to the city centre. A waste of money in the wrong location and this comes from a cyclist!!! I also agree with the comment about appalling behaviour from cyclists I see it every day and am just surprised more aren't injured.

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    commonsense!

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Perhaps someone can help me. Why is it that our local MP wants to spend millions on quicker train links between London and Norwich and our local council wants to slow everything down when you get here. We could save even more by leaving things as they are. if cyclists feel that threatened perhaps the answer is to make them take a test on the highway code to realise what is required of them. Red lights mean stop they are not optional on whether you feel like stopping. Lights are required on bikes when it is dark, pavements are for pedestrians not for riding on and off to avoid traffic lights or other obstructions. Cutting up the inside of large vehicles turning left is dangerous. It is hilarious to think our councillors are from planet earth seeing a single cyclist holding up two double decker busses on Newmarket Road oh and they have forgotten to put in the drinking troughs for the horses as we move backwards in time.

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    Michael Johnson

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Yes where have all the comments gone??????????

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I was for the idea but my comment god moderated too

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    Mooseyt4

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Amazing isn't it - all of a sudden dozens of comments on this article have disappeared - could it be anything to do with the fact that most were against the idea? Censorship rules O.K!

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    biglingers

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Still waiting for Westlegate to be pedestrianised, it will look great with the newly refurbished tower and Castle Mall's new food court. The car owners can wh1ne and 5mugly tell us they'll just visit out of city stores as much as they want, Norwich is still busy enough during the day and evenings without them.

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    Mooseyt4

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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