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What have the traffic planners done to our city?

PUBLISHED: 14:35 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 21 April 2017

The finished cycle lanes in the road on The Avenues. Picture: Denise Bradley

The finished cycle lanes in the road on The Avenues. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Thank goodness the so-called traffic planners have finally wasted all the money they can get access to. Their attempts have created nothing but problems for Norwich motorists and cyclists alike.

The Postwick hub is ludicrous – how much more fuel is being burnt each day as people now have to go a great extra distance to get into Thorpe?

The Avenues is another debacle, there was and still is a perfectly good cycle lane out to UEA. The one that the traffic planners have added in their wisdom means that if I meet a car coming from UEA one of us has to drive into the new cycle lane in order to pass one another - not safe.

Colegate, Tombland, All Saints Green and Chapelfield are all further examples.

They have made Norwich a misery for motorists and cyclists alike. I would suggest that they should be made to pay for their mistakes as we long suffering taxpayers, motorists and cyclists have had enough.

Mr T C Johnson, Snows Lane, Chedgrave.

14 comments

  • Just remember to use your votes in any local elections to show your displeasure.

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    Resident Smith

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Didn't we have an article about 6 months ago telling us the guy responsible was 'moving on' to do his good deeds in Suffolk? First time I've felt sorry for the folks in Ipswich.

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    Resident Smith

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Spot on Mr Johnson. the traffic planner responsible should be named and shamed, then sacked....

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    donny umbro

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Yes it has happened to me before at that light. It had the traffic backed from there the whole way to the big yellow box storage on Carrow road.

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    The_Thinker

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I think that was the one. Ridiculous wasn't it?

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • @ Resident Smith. This sounds like the traffic lights on Thorpe road just past Cotman road that I was stuck at for 7 minutes 2 night ago

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    The_Thinker

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I would also point out this was at a red light for traffic trying to get OUT of the city at evening rush hour. Quite what the sense is behind holding up the traffic going out. Seems the mantra for Norwich Traffic control is "We don't want you in and we won't let you out!"

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I was waiting on a city centre red light for well over 5 minutes at 5.45pm a couple of nights ago. The previous two red lights before I got there were just 10-15 seconds and I could not use them as traffic was queued up where I needed to go. So on the third I waited....and waited...massive line of traffic behind me...still red....no traffic at all coming the other way...still waiting...still no traffic to wait for....waiting. There seems to be no co-ordination or planning. I avoid whole areas of the city now. It is starting to bite into business. Make sure your vote counts in a couple of weeks.

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Keep hearing people complaining!! Let's see if constituents do something about it !! Maybe it's time for new politicians, many of the existing have got complacent. The Avenues verge improvement was a disaster and still a year on a mess ? Trouble is the city council is Labour run , councillors are Labour and our MP is Labour, so all turn a blind eye

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    Norwich

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Norwich was once a fine City but it lost that accolade around 12 months ago. Things can only get worse.

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    The_Thinker

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • And do we really need to allow parking on Clarence road? There is enough permit parking areas around for residents and this road should be kept clear at all times to let 2 lanes of traffic flow. This road and a few others should have double yellows and not allow any parking at all.

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    The_Thinker

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Can only agree, I try really hard to avoid driving in or around the city, what with cycleways, bus and taxi lanes, bus lanes all open to cars at different times, speed humps, traffic calming and cameras. The amount of concentration required is paramount to survive. Such a shame as love Norwich but it seems the planners don't want to welcome people at all. The Signs on the outskirts saying Norwich a fine city should be reworded to say Norwich a S@@@E city.

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    trodas5

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Whoever thought it would be a good idea to add traffic lights outside Yellows should be sent for psychological evaluation. This was a big mistake and has led to countless problems in and around the City. We used to have some traffic build up during rush hour but now it's a nightmare most of the time. We have ring roads for a reason. Direct the traffic to them using the shortest route without unnecessary stops and hold ups and encouraging long tailbacks and traffic build-up in the area of Carrow road, Clarence road and Thorpe road. I sat in traffic last night on Carrow road trying to get onto Clarence road to circle back round onto Carrow road to get home to park on Cedar road and every time the traffic lights changed the traffic couldn't move. Just think of the pollution from all the traffic that must be building up. Where are thew Green Party when you need them? Oh and something I could never understand. Maybe someone could explain why there are so many junctions in Norwich that allow you to cut across traffic? Surely it makes sense to filter traffic into the flow instead of cutting across onto the opposite side of the road. Coming out of King street for example. Then we have traffic lights that hold up about 50 cars so that it can let 2 or 3 cars out to cross the road into the traffic. Another hour and I'll be trying to make my way through this mess again.

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    The_Thinker

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • You're echoing the thoughts of a vast amount of people - incompetence doesn't even come close.

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    Dick Turnip

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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