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Slow down! Swathes of Norwich and nearby areas will become 20mph zones

PUBLISHED: 11:36 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 16 March 2017

More 20mph zones will be introduced in parts of Norwich. Pic: ANTONY KELLY.

More 20mph zones will be introduced in parts of Norwich. Pic: ANTONY KELLY.

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Scores more areas of Norwich are set to have 20mph limits, after councillors today agreed that should be the default restriction for residential roads.

Some parts of the city, such as Heartsease, bits of the city centre and Earlham have already had limits and zones put in place.

But council officers want to go further and make all residential C and U class roads 20mph.

Dozens more roads in Old Catton, Mile Cross, Sprowston, Tuckswood, Eaton, Cringleford, Tuckswood and parts of Lakenham, would follow by Easter next year.

Magdalen Road and a number of residential streets nearby are also earmarked to become 20mph zones this summer.

The council is using money from the government’s multi-million pound Cycle Ambition grant to bring in the zones around where cycleways are being improved.

There is £600,000 left in that pot, which must be used by the end of next year.

Officers acknowledge future roll-outs would depend on other sources of funding once that money is used up.

The council is also looking to use more 20mph roundels on roads.

Bert Bremner, Labour city and county councillor for University Ward, said: “The reality is we have had a really positive approach to 20mph.

“The benefits have been spilling out. The changes in areas are just really positive.”

But he warned: “When the blue and yellow pedalway work is finished, it’s very unlikely there will be any more money. Norfolk County Council has very little and it all depends on what we get from the government.”

14 comments

  • Agreed Desmond22. There are places for 20 and places otherwise for 30. I'd rather spend some money corrcting obvious new death traps for cyclists, vehicles and pedestrians like the ludicrous Newkarket Rd Sunningdale juntion and blind cycleway. Cycles ignore it which is good for safety. What were the planners smoking ? Somebody is going to get sued for that one.

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Excellent news. Better traffic flow, less collisions, less deaths and injuries, and less time stuck in traffic.

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    monkeynuts

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • So, how many drivers have been cautioned or fined for speeding around Heartsease? Not many I guess as I walk around the estate everyday, being passed by speeding cars and vans. The worst offenders surprisingly are drivers taking children to school in the mornings. Passive 20 mph signs ain't working.

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    algernon

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • In principle a brilliant idea but the authorities still need to enforce it , The Avenues is a 20mph zone but you guessed it vechicles do more than 20 , the authorities have been informed but they do nothing

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    Norwich

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • how about paying more attention to other things that cause the accidents because speed is a war which will never be won. How about cyclists who run red lights, people using their mobiles while driving. 20mph is for outside schools etc. driving at 30mph or maybe a little bit faster if fine if everyone just pays more attention when driving (and pedestrians). I see more and more people being distracted, rubber necking at irrelevant things, using phones while driving... I think people just need educating on how to drive again such as indicating at junctionsroundabouts so people don't pull out in front and cause accidents, turning off your indicator and not leaving it on so people think you're turning when you're not, turning your lights on when it gets dark.. all such simple things which i'm sure would help, you have to be on the ball when driving you can't afford to be doing anything else while you're doing it, you're on a public road driving a weapon that can kill people, why wouldn't you concentrate?

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    pointer7

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • 20mph is only there because people couldn't stick to 30, we need to educate the pedestrians that the path is for walking and road is for vehicles and the two wont make contact, the real problem is with speed on main roads eg N. Burlingham where I regularly pass with many doing 70-80 instaed of 50, that's the real problem that needs addressing. not sure why we write our views here as usually they all get removed after a bit of common sense is discussed.

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    Boatman

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Trouble with a lot of these "plans" is their implementation and many of the current existing laws - for example a driver is supposed to recognise the distance street lights are apart and know without seeing a repeater what the speed is - either 30 or 40. even if they entered a zone marked 50 - no repeaters? then it isn't 50. So we have that problem. Another one which I have noticed that Norwich have introduced is to put a mini 20 mph sign right on the junction so that anyone manoeuvring into the zone can't actually see it as they are trying to spot cyclists under cutting, pedestrians stepping out, cars etc. - often the first repeater is the first indicator that gets noticed, assuming something isn't parked in front of it . . . Go for it then Norwich, move the city back in time, don't look at the real problems of cars parked on roads and possible ways to solve congestion like a proper 1 way system which of course would solve the cycle lane fiasco at a cheap stroke to - no too simple

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    manbythesea

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • When driving through a busy city I prefer to be able to look at the road than have to keep monitoring my speed and looking at my dash. Whilst I agree that low speeds are important in certain areas (around hospitals and schools etc.) actually safely maintaining 20 mph and under for any distance in a high intensity area is quite difficult as it only allows you a small margin of pedal travel. 1mm and 2 seconds and you are at 25mph and ticketed. I have often thought I would like a speed limiter I can switch on and off that restricts me to 22mph or reduces throttle sensitivity.

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    Resident Smith

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • How are decisions made on this? How is it open to all in a fair way? Answer: Tony Adams confirmed in January there hasn't been an open process so far......

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    Lise

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Well what they waiting for, get those speed bumps in quick, we can't have traffic round Norwich, we need more polluting buses and dozens of taxis.

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    trodas5

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • The key is enforcement. As things stand you could actually go at just about any speed you like and not be likely to be caught because this is the one limit the police don't take seriously. Mind if you're behind me or similar minded types you'll be doing twenty.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • What on earth is a roll-put? Some kind of snack? A new type of golf shot?

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    Dick Turnip

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Archie, would it be possible to obtain a link to a map of the proposed affected roads, or a list even please? Interesting and who knows what effect it will have. Hopefully it will slow drivers and maybe we'll see an increase in monitoring of speeds around residential areas?

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    Edith

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • This is unbelievable. A week after Manchester announces that it is scrapping many of its 20mph limits because 5 years monitoring shows they don't slow the traffic and in some cases average speeds have actually risen ......... Norwich announces it is going to spend money on setting them up! Rumour has it that Norwich next intends to employ over 500 red flag carriers to reduce all vehicles to walking pace.

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    Desmond_22

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

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