‘Time to ditch city bus lane’, says Norwich butcher

Norwich butcher Nigel Harvey who knows the importance of the provenance of the meat he sells. Photo: Steve Adams Norwich butcher Nigel Harvey who knows the importance of the provenance of the meat he sells. Photo: Steve Adams

Gavin Caney
Sunday, March 23, 2014
6:30 AM

A business owner near one of Norwich’s most controversial bus lanes has said the time has come to ditch the system.

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Nigel Harvey, who has owned R T Harvey Butchers in Grove Road since 1985, told the Norwich highways agency committee that he sees “no logical reason” for the continuation of the Brazengate “bus gate”.

A police crackdown earlier this year caught 191 drivers flouting the bus lane restrictions in one two-hour spell. But Mr Harvey insists keeping it in use – and enforcing it – is doing more harm than good.

He told a meeting at City Hall: “If enforced, it has and will continue to drive traffic down either the already congested St Stephen’s or more importantly along Hall Road, all the way to the dangerous emergence of traffic at an uncontrolled junction on a blind bend at Bracondale.

“Having monitored the limited number of buses and passengers that use Brazengate during the restrictive times, the practice just does not make sense; combined with the fact that a large volume of traffic is allowed from Sainsbury’s car park without restriction.”

A bus lane operates in the area from Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 9.30am with only buses and taxis allowed to enter the road and on to Brazengate, near Sainsbury’s. The restrictions also apply to vehicles on Victoria Street, with no left turn on to Brazengate between those times.

The city council’s transportation and network manager Joanne Deverick said it was first introduced in the mid-1990s to encourage car drivers to use park and ride facilities into Norwich.

She warned: “Removing the bus gate would suck significant amounts of traffic through the residential area and would be a retrograde step in delivering the Norwich Area Transportation Strategy which looks to promote and encourage bus usage.”

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1 comment

  • The council are happy to divert traffic up Long John Hill past primary schools (rather than allowing cars to turn into Trouse). Brazengate may well be a residential area where many people are getting ready to go to work at that time so extra traffic isn't going to matter. If they caught that many drivers in such a short time it shows how unpopular the restrictions really are. Those 191 drivers won't disapear, they'll just add to congestion elsewhere. Keeping it closed is not going to make them use Park & Ride so that arguement is pointless. Removing the blockage would spread the vehicles rather than condense them onto a limited number of roads.

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    Andy T

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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