Graphic: Norwich city centre set for traffic flow changes as roadworks continue

Little Bethel Street in Norwich, which will be permanently closed to traffic from next week as part of a £1.7m traffic shake-up. Little Bethel Street in Norwich, which will be permanently closed to traffic from next week as part of a £1.7m traffic shake-up.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
3:51 PM

The next phase of a controversial shake-up in how traffic gets around Norwich city centre will get underway next week.

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Work started in Chapel Field North last month, following earlier work to install a bus lane in Grapes Hill.

It is part of a £1.7m Transport for Norwich scheme - which will ultimately also see general traffic banned from St Stephens Street.

The work has shut Chapel Field North, forcing drivers to take diversions and, next week, more changes will come into effect.

On Tuesday, Little Bethel Street will be permanently closed to traffic and both Cleveland Road and Bethel Street will become two-way.

That will mean traffic can enter and leave the area - including the Forum car park - via the Grapes Hill roundabout.

Traffic from Cleveland Road on to Grapes Hill roundabout will be controlled by give-way signs until permanent traffic signals come into use when the Chapel Field North scheme is completed in the autumn.

Council bosses are aiming for all work to be finished by the middle of November - in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Once Chapel Field Road re-opens, general traffic will only be able to get as far as the Chantry car park or to disabled bays on Brigg Street, but buses, taxis and bicycles will be able to carry on into Rampant Horse Street towards Red Lion Street.

General traffic will also be banned from St Stephens Street and Surrey Street, from All Saints Green to St Stephens.

The Chapel Field Action Group had hoped to secure a judicial review of the decision to make Chapel Field North two-way.

They claimed the noise and vibration of an endless flow of heavy traffic would threaten the foundations and fabric of some of the most attractive and historically important homes in the city.

But judge Elizabeth Cooke rejected all their arguments,

• What do you think of the changes? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

20 comments

  • Moror Car intrusion at a minimum,Park & Ride and subsidised public transport is required,The provision fr the domestic car has almost destroyed Nowich et The Inner Link Road,carry on and we will be left with Rar Mac,no longer can a driver arrive at the door of the shop

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Phyllis Tyne

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • what if drivers turn accidentally into St. Stephens? or use Surrey street to drop off an elderly person to get a bus? will they be fined?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Traffic moves very well at Grapes Hill roundabout,except for when the road contractors are closing off lanes. Will the traffic lights be removed permanently?

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    LCT

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • NCC Norwich Chaos Council

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    che bramley

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Stand by for the next round of chaos! Golden Ball Street and Westlegate will be at a stanstill (as it is now due to the buoilding work) so the 2nd car park in Castle Mall will be empty, as now, as no-one can get to it! That means more queues on Rose Lane, which means the buses using it will not get anywhere, let alone gain two minutes as it was claimed! Oh wel I am sure the planners will be pleased.

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    Drayton Resident

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • In some ways I'm OK with making it easier for public transport. However, that transport MUST be of cost, and that's not the case in Norwich. While it costs so much for a family to get the bus into the city (£4.20 per adult & £2.80 per youngster) people are going to want to drive. Plu, there's the convenience of doing your bags in the boot rather than trying to find space for them on the bus with everyone else. Now that they've sorted the roads on behalf of the bus companies, the council should bring some pressure on those companies to bring down their prices. That's the only real way to get people out of their cars.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • By they - I mean council staff and 'civil' servants everywhere. Now there is an oxymoron if ever there was one.

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    andy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Albert, I think you are quoting the typical approach of council staff everywhere. This is not about rights but where it is easiest to meet the needs of the individuals. Make it difficult and costumers will go elsewhere - on line or where ever. Its about water not flowing uphill!! Until council staff realise that if they try to boss us all to do what they want, the general public will react adversely and will vote with their feet - or cars for that matter. They need a serious change to their culture - and fewer of them too.

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    andy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • The City will not die if cars are frown on,there is park and ride and local shopping for all whereever you live.No longer can you drive to the door of the shop you wish to frequent,maybe a bit of walking,The I have a licence which gives me the right to park and drive to where ever I wish days are gone

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • I don't know why they don't just close the city to cars totally as that's what they want, then we can all sit back and watch the city's shopping center die. This city is a good measure of this country, the authorities doing what they want and not listening to those they serve.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • The council must wake up and realise that people in cars spend more money that people arriving via bus. I have no problem with closing St Stephens to all traffic (including buses) but there must be more spending on city centre car parks.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • moan moan moan thats all people do when i go into the city i have no problem with parking queens road car park, anglia square cark parks 3 i belive, sainsburys car park is free on sundays so stop moaning

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    DAVE

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • RIP Central Norwich Shopping. Why bother?

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    Max Headroom

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Is this the same council who are launching a consultation to maintain Norwich as a prime shopping destination? As long as councils keep messing about with parking,and squandering enormous sums on dubious traffic schemes, the high street is doomed in the long term. Crippling business rates and rents and lack of access will ensure that traders in the city centre will move to the outskirts,and who can blame them?

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • What is the real difference?!! Can you park already on St Stephens Street - No! Only a handful of spaces are being lost on Chapelfield North. Calm down you silly pant wetting negative lot. The plan will assist in speeding up journeys by public transport. Perhaps you lot should realise that there are many thousands of people who live in the Greater Norwich Area who do not own cars. EDP comments = Council proposes something -- all idiots, brown envelopes, Armageddon!

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    100% Norfolk

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • If they really don't want cars in the City, as it now seems, why not open the Costessey Park and Ride on a Saturday and Sunday to help us get to the City as well as the hospital? If you're coming from the Dereham direction, you have to go to Thickthorn, another 4 miles, to try and catch the bus and it's very busy at the weekends? I do find it hard to justify the Park and Ride prices even as a single person, even harder if you are a family trying to get into the shops.

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    RV2008

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • We do most of our shopping either online or Great Yarmouth. It's much easier that way. Norwich Council do not appear to want cars anywhere near the city as there are always umpteen roads closed for some reason or other so they can have it their way.

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    smithy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • The Council say they hope to have the work completed by November in time for Christmas shopping. I can see people not bothering to shop in the City because of so many restrictions to cars, outer City retail parks like River side and Costessey will be jumping for joy, as there will be no parking charges and easy access. Bad decision by this Council.

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • That's me shopping out of town then - along with many others, no doubt. Don't need the hassle. FakenhamWroxhamAylsham and the rest - here I come. Far more pleasant than the citycentre! O.k., my critic's - your turn!

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    biglingers

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

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