‘I am glad we ran out of money’ - scaled back £600,000 Eaton traffic changes welcomed
A roads shake-up on the edge of Norwich, put on hold because it was over budget, will start in a scaled back form in November.
And a councillor said she was “glad it ran out of money” because she believes the revised scheme is better.
Changes in Eaton, as part of the multi-million Transport for Norwich scheme, were due to start in April, but council bosses postponed the work after finding the construction costs and price of managing traffic would exceed the scheme’s £700,000 budget.
They put it on hold while they figured out which sections of it they could afford to do.
They have come back with a revised scheme, budgeted at £600,000, which was agreed by members of the Norwich highways agency committee today.
Previously agreed parts of the scheme, scrapped to shave £100,000 from the budget, include a shared use cycle/footpath in Eaton Street, a toucan crossing on Church Lane and an informal crossing for cyclists and pedestrians on a raised table over a narrowed entrance to the Waitrose car park.
Traffic calming, the introduction of a 20mph speed limit, upgraded junctions and resurfacing will still go ahead, while gateway signs and new cycle signals to give riders heading up past the Cellar House pub from Eaton Street a head start on other traffic have been added to the project.
And Liberal Democrat Judith Lubbock, who represents Eaton on Norwich City Council, said the revised scheme was better than the more expensive one. She said: “I am very pleased with the revisions which have come forward, so I am glad we ran out of money.
“The revisions are much better than the original scheme, which had cyclists sharing with pedestrians on the footpath coming down from the Cellar House, which is on a hill. Keeping the existing separation is far better.”
Meanwhile, work on a £300,000 scheme in nearby Cringleford, which started in May is due to finish next month.
The work includes the priority system over Cringleford Bridge being replaced with permanent traffic lights, new zebra crossings put in place over Colney Lane and Newmarket Road, new lighting on the footbridge and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit.