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Spending on Norwich public transport should be Norwich priority, survey finds

Investment in public transport should be the main priority in Norwich, a survey has found.
 Picture: Nick Butcher

Investment in public transport should be the main priority in Norwich, a survey has found. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Public transport is what money most needs to be invested in Norwich, according to the results of a survey, with measures to tackle congestion taking second spot.

More than 1,500 people took part in the Transport for Norwich survey, which ran between January and March.

Nearly 90pc of those who took part rated investment in public transport as ‘important’ or ‘very important’, while 52pc included it in their top three priorities.

Measures to tackle congestion was rated as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ by 87pc, with 47pc putting it in their top three priorities.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “We had a great response to the survey, which has given us a clear message that people want to see improvements to public transport.”

Other issues ranked among the top five areas were maintaining existing infrastructure, reducing the impact transport has on air quality and encouraging people to walk and cycle.

Mr Wilby said: ““This has coincided with news that we’ve been shortlisted for Transforming Cities, which gives us the chance to receive significant investment for a new integrated network.

“Strategically, this is a perfect fit and better public transport will also tackle the second priority by helping reduce congestion caused through private journeys.

“Our efforts now will concentrate on working with colleagues and partners to secure a good package of funding for Greater Norwich and making sure our strategy is updated to reflect the full range of priorities identified through the survey.”

The next piece of Transport for Norwich work will see a major shake-up in how traffic uses the Prince of Wales Road area of Norwich.

The £2.75m Transport for Norwich scheme will see a number of changes to the roads in the area and the first work will see alterations made to King Street.

It will see the right hand turn into King Street from Agricultural Hall Plain permanently closed to traffic from Sunday, October 28.

On that day, and for one day only, there will be no access to Prince of Wales Road at all from Agricultural Hall Plain and buses will be diverted.

The work will see King Street, between Prince of Wales Road and Rose Lane, converted into a pedestrian/cycle zone and it will be closed to traffic.

Access to Greyfriars Road, off King Street, will be via Rose Lane, rather than Prince of Wales Road and traffic which currently uses King Street to get to Rose Lane will instead have to go via St Vedast Street.

The layout of Agricultural Hall Plain to account for the closure of King Street, while the light-controlled junction at King Street/Rose Lane, with a cycle and pedestrian crossing of Rose Lane.

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