Norwich drivers warned that Grapes Hill bus lane work will cause months of disruption

A bus lane is to be added to Grapes Hill in Norwich. A bus lane is to be added to Grapes Hill in Norwich.

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:14 PM

Drivers have been warned they are likely to face months of disruption when work starts to add a bus lane to one of the city’s busiest roads.

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As part of a £1.45m scheme, which will see a major shake-up in the way traffic uses Norwich’s city centre, a bus lane is to be added to Grapes Hill.

The bus lane will be on the southbound (uphill) carriageway and verges are being removed so there can still be two lanes alongside it.

The work, which will cost £222,000, is due to start on Monday, April 28 and is expected to last for 12 weeks.

Bosses at Norfolk County Council said the road will remain open during the work, but lanes will need to be closed for safety reasons, which is likely to cause delays.

The new bus lane forms part of a £1.45m project which county council bosses say will improve the reliability and punctuality of the city’s bus services.

The ‘Transport for Norwich’ scheme will also see cars banned from St Stephens Street and part of Surrey Street, while buses will also be able to travel in and out of the city via Chapel Field North.

Changes have already been made to the Chapelfield roundabout as part of the project.

Campaigners had hoped to secure a High Court judicial review of the decision to make Chapel Field North two-way.

They said 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’s your view on the traffic shake-up? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

27 comments

  • It's actually cheaper for me to drive into the city and park than use the bus. Shouldn't we look at fares too as a way of increasing bus travel?

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    tigger449

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Agree with you there "So_Many_Haters" 100% the Marks and SpencerDebenhams area will be mad and the accident level will increase. Bad for retail! Great for accidents, SMART THINKING NCC,

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    norwichlad23

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • £1,450,000!!! And just how much are the bus companies contributing towards this?

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    marty r

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • It seems the buses get priority to anything else, priority over cars, cycles, grass verges, pedestrians, footpaths, you name it the bus must come first no expense spared. Small minded backward thinking NCC as per usual, no matter what anyone thinks they will ruin our city using or money.

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    parkeg1

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • How riduclous removing an attractive Verge for a bus? Waist of money of our money. And cars are heavier than buses? How pathetic Buses are much heavier than a Car and banning Cars from St Stephens well you have just signed the end of retail in the city centre. How are people meant to get to the Castle Mall Car Parks and in turn spend their money in there and other shops in Norwich lanes e.t.c Norwich will only go down hill from here owwards. People don't want to go on a smelly filthy bus. People like their cars and this is bad for retail.

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    norwichlad23

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Yet another brilliant marketing scheme for on-line shopping

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    Roy Gooch

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • No shortage of cash here then. Do not listen to councils that plead povety. They always have money for their pet projects.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The ‘Transport for Norwich’ scheme is a great idea. Firstly, compared with buses, cars take up more space per passenger; their use in city centres is far less sustainable. We should therefore, welcome and encourage improvements to the city's bus services. Secondly, judging from the comments here, one would get the impression that cars are being banned from the entire city centre. This is not the case. And aside from the moral outrage and injured sense of entitlement displayed by some, I do not see any reason to believe that motorists will be deterred. Thirdly, retail does not depend on motorists being able to drive wherever they like. Car parking will still be available. Furthermore, plenty of people are willing to use the buses or walk into the city using their legs - some even dare to ride a bicycle.

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    Adam-

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Punitive council tax is somehow bearable if roads are well maintained,transport is cheap and efficient, and air quality in the city is relatively pollution free,but Norwich has none of this! Squandering an obscene amount of money on facilitating the passage of vehicles that are responsible for much of the pollution is obscene. We have dreadful roads in urgent need of repair and the money would benefit all road users if used to sort them out. All this crazy scheme will do will further discourage venturing into the traffic pig circus that Norwich has become,and encourage out of town outlets and internet shopping.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Another brain dead scheme, the money would have been better spent on repairing the pot holes.

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I assume that Adam is a councilor or works for one of the Councils? Great idea this to make it so difficult for such a long period that would be shoppers will change their shopping habits - perhaps permanently. It also gets everyone into practice for what happens when the NDR is built when car travel will be much restricted. If you have any doubts just look at the post NDR traffic predictions to see that the planners expect very few motorists from the 10,000 houses being built to come into Norwich. As the deluded Adam says, plenty of people are willing to use buses - on planet Zog at least.

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    andy

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • To get to the car park under the cinema from the south of the city you'd normally go up St Stephens into Red Lion. Now you'll have to go along Queens Road, into All Saints Green (which you can't do coming from Bracondale, so you'll have to use the St Stephens roundabout to do a u-turn), then down Westlegate and right into Red Lion. Given all the people expecting to go ahead into Rampant Horse and being forced right into Red Lion, expect chaos outside Marks & Spencer Debenhams.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • What a total waste of public money.

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Yet another reason to avoid visiting the city centre. Awful traffic and rip-off car park charges coupled with pathetic bus services make for somewhere to avoid

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    Jazzjerry

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • He he! Castle Meadow I meant! ;)

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    iclone-2000

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • It's actually cheaper for me to drive into the city and park than use the bus. Shouldn't we look at fares too as a way of increasing bus travel?

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    tigger449

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The city of Norwich is the biggest bus station in the country! Castle Mall alone and the bus station should be more than enough. But no! St Stephens must be turned into a bus station too. What a horrible street that has become thanks to buses and taxis. They'll all be double parking and U-turning to their hearts content soon. Whatever the bus companies in Norwich want, the bus companies get. On holiday once I was telling someone where I lived, 'Oh, yes. That's the place with all the buses' the chap replied.

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    iclone-2000

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The Buses are the problem and the traffic light settings!

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    norwichlad23

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks .Waste of money .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • its always grid-locked, so no change there

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    canaryboy71

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The buses go up the hill a treat at 9.30 in the morning . Now , I`ll have weeks of missing connections because my bus will be held up by roadworks . waste of time .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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