Photo gallery: Do you think St Stephens Street in Norwich should be closed to cars?

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
11:05 AM

St Stephens Street in Norwich changed dramatically during the 20th century but now the busy road could be set for one of the biggest changes in its history.

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Norwich City Council is planning to consult the public about changes to the city centre which could see St Stephens Street closed to cars.

See how St Stephens Street has changed through the years by viewing the photo gallery at the top-right of this page, where the link to the full story can also be found.

And let us know what you think of the proposals by leaving a comment below.

11 comments

  • Who would have thought a Dual Carriageway would be built leading into the heart of the city,and those Norwich Union Towers,tearing up the 1951 Plan with its greed,and then the Inner Link Road to complete the rape of Norwich Heritage and Streetscape !!!

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Brilliant pics. Yes close the road to cars, INCLUDING taxi's. Only allow busses down there. would make it safer, and maybe more appealing to tourists. If they do, would be nice if some of the buildings got cleaned also and remove the black mess from all the polution

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    markt74

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Not a good idea as it would kill off trade and increase traffic problems on all surrounding roads adding to the already congested routes at peak times.

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    Stupidboypike

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Hooray! No more fuming whilst waiting for the bus which you are standing in, in anticipation of soon leaving it, takes ages to reach the stop due to the amount of private cars in the way! It is the traffic from Westlegate to Rampant Horse Street which causes the problem. The majority of car drivers are able-bodied - if they have to drive from rural areas or need to drive for shopping etc. surely they don't need to drive into the city centre?

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    Lynda Edwards

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Don't do it! Every time a road is closed to traffic, more is concentrated on the remaining roads. It then takes only a single accident, or a snowfall to bring the city to a halt. Anyway, the roads are the Queen's Highway and not the property of the City Council or the bus caompanies. Wait until some private motorist takes a human rights case on this one and see what happens.

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    broadsman

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Part of the reason council tax is so high is the constant messing about of the road system,and the consequent cost by the mandarins in the highways department.When you sit in the resultant traffic jams just remember who is paying for all the chaos,you are!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • I think that St Stephens should be closed to cars this Christmas period and then see how this goes before closing it down........

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    Bodicia

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Superb set of photos. They've answered a lot of questions about where different shops and businesses used to be. Interesting to see that the Pearl Assurance had a big office above what is now Superdrug and that Norwich Union had an impressive frontage on the opposite side of the street. The Coop occupied what is now Wilkinsons plus QD Stores at the roundabout end. The Boars Head Restaurant [with Bass on draught] replaced the ancient inn that stood there unti the Luftwaffe struck and there was also a Steward & Patteson pub and a Bullards house [The Great Eastern] at the higher end. And lovely to see the flowers all along the middle of the street in some of the more modern views.

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    JCW

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I hope that Stupidboypike isn't trying to steal my thunder. I suppose it's ok to have a stupid boy on here, but remember I am the one and only original Stew Pydsodd.... Now down to business. If cars and the like are banned from St Stephens. and it is going to be pedestrianised, shouldn't the council consider putting a roof on it, and renaming it St Stephens Bus Station. The Surrey Street Bus station could then be sold off to Asda or Tesco and visitors will flock in.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • More appealing to tourists!? Because so many tourists at present have been known to say that they would come and visit Norwich but they are really put off by cars using St Stephens Street!? What nonsense.

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    DT

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • see my comments in main article.

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    biglingers

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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