Reader Letter: Not another Norwich traffic scheme!

PUBLISHED: 12:51 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 09 June 2018

A £750,000 safety scheme for Fiveways roundabout is one of two Norwich projects handed a government boost. Picture: Nick Butcher

A £750,000 safety scheme for Fiveways roundabout is one of two Norwich projects handed a government boost. Picture: Nick Butcher

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One reader has some suggestions for these upcoming Norwich traffic schemes. What do you think?

No sooner do readers finally get to play spot the difference when using the Dereham Road roundabout, than the paper hits motorists below the belt again with news of proposals for “improvements” at the Fiveways roundabout.

MORE: £750,000 scheme for Fiveways Roundabout moves to next stage

I do hope that your journalists will make notes in their diaries to regularly enquire for updates on the final cost of the Dereham Road roundabout to bring us. Something tells me it may be more than was estimated. It would be interesting to have a separate figure for the “professional services” element against estimate too. Could overspending here affect finance for the Fiveways scheme?

It is interesting to note that full funding is not available for Fiveways, so the question could be asked whether this is actually a job creation exercise for staff. Once again a separate professional services cost for the scheme could be informative.

A principal proposal would appear to be increasing the central island size. To me that will reduce the currently enjoyed opportunity for some two lane use around the roundabout and actually decrease capacity for vehicles, exacerbating delays!

If the planners are concerned with accidents, banning of right turns out of the Tesco filling station will greatly reduce the chance of accidents on the adjacent pedestrian crossing as drivers fail to observe the lights prior to setting off.

One would also hope that the perennial flooding at the Gypsy Lane entrance to the roundabout will be resolved along with the poor state of the drains along Gypsy Lane forcing cyclists, myself included, out into the road to avoid sometimes near continuous puddling at the kerb line.

The paper advises that the scheme will soon go out to consultation.

I believe a similar consultation exercise for the Dereham Road roundabout produced more negative than positive responses, but strangely, or perhaps not, the scheme went ahead anyway. Another small example of lip service to the little people by the “we know best” elite.

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