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Have your say on plans to pedestrianise part of Norwich city centre

PUBLISHED: 08:02 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:43 03 July 2015

Westlegate, Norwich, which will be effected by its proposed pedestrianisation.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Westlegate, Norwich, which will be effected by its proposed pedestrianisation. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Now is your chance to give your views on bold plans to close part of Norwich city centre to cars.

A consultation into a scheme which would see Westlegate closed to traffic and the surrounding roads redesigned is seeking the views of residents and road users for their thoughts on the proposals.

The strategy would open Golden Ball Street to two-way traffic and All Saints Street would become a new public open space in the heart of the city.

Durga Goutam, a highways engineer for Norfolk County Council, said: “We have looked at the movement of traffic now and modelled how it would change in the future with these plans.

“Pedestrianisation will help people get into the city and improve movement for shoppers.”

He stressed that these proposals are in their early stages and people should contact the county council with their thoughts before the consultation ends on Monday, July 27.

The county council’s aims are to build upon other Transport for Norwich projects, especially the recent changes in St Stephens Street, Chapel Field North, and Rampant Horse Street.

It is hoped the scheme will improve the retail experience in the area for shoppers and business owners and improve journeys around the city and access to car parks.

Plans should also make bus travel smoother through the city.

An exhibition of the plans is on display on the first floor of City Hall and in the first two days it attracted over 50 people. There is also a window display in Westlegate Tower.

The exhibitions will remain in place until the consultation ends.

The results will be reported to the Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September.

Comments can be made to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/citychanges, by email to norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk or by post to Golden Ball Street/Westlegate Consultation , Transport for Norwich – floor 6, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH.

Will you be affected by the changes? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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