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£120,000 zebra crossing boost for Norwich

Campaigners have welcomed proposals to install three more zebra crossings on busy roads around Norwich after the city council earmarked just under £120,000 to make streets safer.

The first proposed crossing would be in South Park Avenue near the entrance to Eaton Park and is being proposed after the travel plans team at Colman Junior and Infant Schools raised concerns about road safety.

Council officers say it would help the children and parents at those schools, and the nearby Clare School for pupils with special needs, get across the road.

The second proposed zebra crossing is on Whitefriars, in Norwich city centre, close to the Puppet Theatre. replacing an existing pedestrian refuge.

Phil Slater, principal technical officer at Norwich City Council, said it was hoped work on the crossing would start next January.

He said: “An improved crossing point on Whitefriars is considered necessary to serve the people living and working to the east of Whitefriars, in the new St James Mill development.

“St James Place will become the main pedestrian access into the development, and the crossing will also assist patrons of the Puppet Theatre.”

And families who last year petitioned the city council for a zebra crossing close to Bond Street in Bowthorpe Road are on the brink of success, with work scheduled to start in the new year if the layout gets the thumbs up,

Consultation on the South Park Avenue crossing has been completed, but is continuing on the other two and letters have been sent to people living in those areas.

Amy Lyall, city council spokeswoman, said: “We are very pleased to have secured funding for these three crossings.

“We would ask anyone with any thoughts on these projects to contact the city council’s transportation team.”

John Peacock, spokesman for Living Streets, which campaigns for the rights of pedestrians and last year helped stop a crossing in Heigham Road from being axed, said: “We welcome these initiatives which will help to tame the speed of traffic and provide safe crossings.”

• Are you trying to get a road made safer? Calling Evening News reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@:archant.co.uk

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