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Norwich Highways Agency committee vote yes for second consultation period into host of changes in Norwich city centre - including 20mph blanket speed limit

PUBLISHED: 16:39 24 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:51 24 July 2014

A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich.

A map showing the possible 20mph limits in Norwich.

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A raft of changes in the city centre could see road closures, more cycle routes and a 20pmh zone rolled out across the city.

It is part of a move to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and the second stage of a two-part consultation process will begin following a Norwich Highways Agency Committee meeting today.

The 20mph roll out across the city centre, would see roads such as Prince of Wales Road, St Giles Street, King Street and Duke Street drop from 30mph.

And if the plans go ahead, The Avenues in Norwich will be transformed to include a two-metre pedalway on either side of the road.

It is hoped the paths between Bluebell Road and Elizabeth Fry Road will make travelling by bike more appealing for nervous cyclists, and safe enough for a 12-year-old to use.

Closer to the city centre, Park Lane could be closed to vehicles in a bid to boost cycling routes, and new a new “tiger” crossing aimed at both pedestrians and cyclists will be installed on Unthank RoadCouncillors did disagree about the Park Lane closure. Committee chairman Tony Adams said: “I am not convinced the closure of Park Lane is entirely necessary.

“We have to consider the needs of motorists as well. At this stage I would vote against the closure of Park Lane.”

Other changes included parking permits, with a consultation announced over the two options being made available for visitors.

Councillors voted to allow visitors two hours of parking operated by a clock, or up to 60 pay-as-you go permit scratchcards per household, charged at £1 per day for the city centre and 50p elsewhere.

County and city councillors agreed the changes should be included in the consultation, and the results will be reported in October.

See tomorrow’s papers for a full report and public reaction to the changes.

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