More than three thousand people in Norfolk are being given the chance to have their say about the county’s roads, pavements and bus services.

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The National Highways and Transport Network survey is being carried out in Norfolk for the fourth year running, with Norfolk County Council one of 78 local authorities signing up to take part in the poll.

The 12-page questionnaire will be landing on doormats over the next few days. It covers all aspects of local highway and transport services and the organisers say it should take around 20 minutes to fill in. An online version can also be completed.

Toby Coke, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, urged people to take part.

He said: “The survey will provide useful information that allows Norfolk County Council to benchmark how its highways and local transport services are performing compared to other counties. It helps to show whether we have our maintenance priorities right and make adjustments where necessary.

“In last year’s survey Norfolk’s residents’ responses resulted in the county being ranked fifth best for highway maintenance compared to the other counties that took part. We were third best for road safety.

“However, the survey also showed that there was a very low satisfaction level with the state of our Public Rights of Way. As a result of that, the county council agreed to set aside a £70,000 budget for cutting vegetation this year on over 300 miles of PROW which is 10pc of the network. I am pleased to say that work is starting in the next few weeks.”

But he said bad winters had taken their toll on the county’s roads and people’s views on that would be welcomed.

He said: “Whitehall’s offer last week of £5.4m to repair potholes is welcome. But it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the backlog we are facing. The hard fact is that an already difficult job is just going to get even more challenging as our budget continues to be squeezed.

“That’s why I would urge as many people as possible to fill in this questionnaire. It’s our opportunity to take those views into account when it comes to making some very difficult decisions about how we look after our roads and transport services in the years to come.”

People have been chosen at random to receive questionnaires. Recipients will also receive a reminder during the period when the survey is running, to encourage as many people as possible to take part.

10 comments

  • Politicians always twist the results of any poll. Take the NDR - out of a choice of a number of options the electorate said they would not mind a northern bypass to speed up travel. What do they get - a service road for 12000 new homes with no improvement whatsoever in local traffic conditions.

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    Barbara

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • If they want my opinion and as someone who cycles, walks and drives, I can sum it up with one word 'Diabolical'.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • marigold. That's a majority and that's what's known as Democracy. Pandering to a few dozen protesters who shout the loudest, is not.

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    Bruce87

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • If it was the original questionnaire Bruce only 11% responded and only 6,8% responded yes, hardly a vast majority and yet it gave Messrs Gunson and his Conservative cronies an excuse to continue with this fantasy.

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    Marigold

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • 100,000 people in Norwich, a few years ago, were given the chance to have their say on the county's roads and transport. A survey landed on all our doormats. The vast majority of respondents were in favour of the much needed Northern Bypass. Unfortunately to our Council's detriment we are not getting the Bypass. Tell me, what is the point of these surveys then?

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    Bruce87

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • And I agree with Alecto.The money spent cutting ROWs should be spent on keeping visibility clear at junctions. Many of the junctions of minor roads crossing routes out of Norwich are now perilous because they have not been updated as traffic levels increased. There are not enough double white lines. There are still un protected laybys on dual carriageways and some very nasty ones beside trunk roads-where there have been fatal accidents. We need more red route designations like Lincolnshire and recognition that speeding is not always the problem but idiocy is. Clock off time on the A10 Brandon Creek to Ryston, early mornings on the Marshland stretch of the A17 and any time of day on the A47 Dereham bypass bring out a dangerous sort of idiot-those who think they can overtake lines of cars into oncoming traffic.And a special mention to the motorcyclist who overtook me on Sunday night between Swaffham and Necton-if he was doing under a ton by the time he reached Necton I will eat my hat.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Can 3000 random deliveries really give a cross section of significant users of the above and enough data to begin to draw a conclusion? I walk, cycle sometimes, rarely use any bus other than the park and ride, don't use a car to commute but drive miles a year back and forth across the county on all sorts of roads. I doubt if that could be picked up by an opinion poll company from details on the electoral roll. For what it is worth, I think some of the worst maintained roads are under the Highways agency control, some of the bus routes are absurd ( whatever happened to being able to go from Norwich to Lynn and get off a bus at any bus stop? The X1 is a brilliant express service-but having to change buses and backtrack on a journey sometimes with a long wait for a connection to reach a village on the main road is madness) Then some routes seem designed solely to pick up a subsidy not passengers.Some of the fares are pretty steep. The lack of a county wide initiative to create dedicated cycle paths is a disgrace-there is an excess of wide grass verges in suburban areas begging for cycle paths and " behind hedge" trods for pedestrians and cyclists on relatively busy rural routes would be wonderful.As for PROWs-ramblers are always whining, it is the nature of the beast because the Ramblers Association is often headed by left wing celebrities with a raging contempt for those who live and work in the countryside. A good cut once in a while fair enough but if a path is needed and used footfall will keep it open. But of course those who witter about access to the countryside are often those least ready to deal with what the countryside offers and want bowling greens to walk on once they have parked their top of the range motors. Might be cheaper to give them all a hook and a stick so they can exercise their upper body while they walk and clear the path at the same time.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Before answering this have a butchers at the first five articles on this website. The roads in Norfolk are like massacre sites. Spend all the money on improving safety.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Totally agree with you Big l., I have just had a survey through my door from N City council. All of above are supposed to strapped for cash but there is always money to waste. Any other business, apart from the public funded paper shufflers, would not entertain such a waste of money. One thing that has always puzzled me is the need to know my ethnic background. The council is a shambles and the roads are a mess. How does my back ground come into the equation.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • So another survey - another waste of taxes! For what it's worth, here's my opinion. Potholes (sorry roads), Cycle freeways (pavements?), and something called buses! Come on my critics, do your worst!!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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