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Have your say on proposal to squeeze in new bus lane in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 14:24 19 September 2012

First buses travelling along Grapes Hill, Norwich at its junction with Dereham Road. Photo: Steve Adams

First buses travelling along Grapes Hill, Norwich at its junction with Dereham Road. Photo: Steve Adams

People can they have their say on a near-£1m project to narrow traffic lanes on a busy Norwich road to squeeze in a new bus route.

Designs to widen parts of Grapes Hill to help buses travel faster uphill toward the Chapel Field Road roundabout have been developed by transport officials.

But to retain two lanes for general traffic, while creating a new bus lane, involves reducing the width of the existing southbound lanes from 3.75 metres to three metres.

The bus lane would also be available to taxis and bicycles, although the aim is to encourage pedal bikes onto a new parallel route from the St Benedicts Street junction into Wellington Lane.

A four-week consultation on the proposal, estimated to cost £920,000, is now under way

Tony Adams, Norfolk County Council member and chairman of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee, said: “The great thing about this scheme is that it allows a bus lane to be created without reducing the number of lanes for general traffic.

“Cyclists will also have a quieter alternative, so it appears to be a good scheme for all road users, but we want to hear people’s views before final decisions are taken in November.”

The public consultation runs until October 17. Responses will be reported to the Norwich Highways Agency Committee on November 29.

To comment on the proposal, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/betterbusarea

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