Flexibility is welcome over Norwich traffic ban
PUBLISHED: 12:55 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 10 January 2018
ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434
Norwich is a wonderful city, but it has its challenges - not least air pollution and traffic congestion, which are strongly linked to each other.
We support the county and city councils’ determination to do something about it, even though it has often meant disruption to drivers.
After teething troubles, many of the new road layouts and enhanced cycling priority routes are a significant improvement. Some are not, but the saying about omelettes and eggs springs to mind.
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There does, though, have to be a stop sign at some point. And the county council deserves praise for recognising that in the case of Prince of Wales Road. Closing it to all traffic except buses was a recipe for mayhem: the alternative proposals are far easier to digest.
This is a precedent that could be followed in other parts of Norwich - and in other Norfolk and Suffolk communities.
It’s not that we are calling for an end to projects that seek to tip the balance more in favour of pedestrians, cyclists and buses; it’s more a plea for planners to remain aware of the needs of motorists.
It is possible to go too far - a move that alienates thousands of people who still need to get through or around our communities.
It will always be tricky to weigh environmental factors, motorists, cyclists and buses against each other. But this plan shows that it is possible.