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Verdict wanted on Norwich rat-run changes

PUBLISHED: 08:31 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:24 01 July 2010

David Bale

People are being urged to have their say on whether traffic changes introduced to stop rat-running and speeding in the Silver Road area of Norwich have worked.

People are being urged to have their say on whether traffic changes introduced to stop rat-running and speeding in the Silver Road area of Norwich have worked.

Last summer, Norwich City Council changed access on Bull Close Road and made Silver Street and Steward Street one way.

The council is now asking people in the area what they think about the arrangements and whether they are working, and if more could be done on Silver Street and Bull Close Road or other local streets to improve traffic flow.

Councillor Brian Morrey, executive member for sustainable city development, said: “We are taking the opportunity to go back and speak to people, to make sure we have got the best solution in place to curb speeding and rat-running.

“This is a largely residential area with many elderly people and children - so safe and proper road use and the right answer for the whole community has to be the focus.”

In the changes Bull Close became one-way from Silver Road to Charlton Road, with a contra-flow bus lane, Silver Street was made one-way from Bull Close Road to Silver Road and Steward Street became one-way from Silver Street to Bull Close Road.

One resident of Silver Street, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think the changes have been successful and I would vote to keep them that way.

“I cannot think what else they could do to improve them further. There's a lot less rat-running now and people take more care on the roads. We used to have a problem with motorbikes driving too fast along Silver Street, which we now don't have, and there's less queuing on Steward Street.”

The council said that a final decision on the project would be taken at a future meeting of the Norwich Joint Highways Area Committee. Members will take into account the results of this survey, the views of local councillors, and the results of traffic and speed surveys as well as road accident data.

The council survey started on Monday and will last three weeks.

To take part in the survey, visit the council's website www.norwich.gov.uk and click on the link, or write to the transportation team at City Hall, Norwich, NR2 1NH.

Are you calling for traffic improvements where you live? Ring reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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