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Two Norwich park and ride sites could close to be replaced with a single, bigger alternative

PUBLISHED: 08:27 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 07 November 2017

Norwich Airport Park and Ride queues for the car park.
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Norwich Airport Park and Ride queues for the car park. Photo:Antony Kelly Copy:Peter Walsh For: EVENING NEWS news EVENING NEWS pics © 2006 (01603) 772434

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Two busy park and ride sites in Norwich could close - to be replaced with a single, bigger and better alternative.

A Konect Bus. Photo : Steve Adams A Konect Bus. Photo : Steve Adams

In plans due to be discussed at its environment, development and transport committee on Friday, November 10, Norfolk County Council will say that the existing Airport Park and Ride is “operating at capacity”.

It fears that once the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) has been completed in early 2018, the park and ride would be under “additional pressure” due to expected housing growth.

With hundreds of homes to be built in the north of the city, the Sprowston Park and Ride site has been earmarked to become a new school.

As a result the council is proposing to build what it calls a “super park and ride” where the A140 meets the £178.5m NDR, to meet the expected rise in demand.

Sprowston Park and Ride near Norwich. Sprowston Park and Ride near Norwich.

Chairman of the environment, development and transport committee, Martin Wilby, said: “We are looking at this as an idea at the moment.

“We are in the very early stages of this but we have to look ahead to the future.

“The council needs to look ahead and see how the NDR will be used and how the area will grow.

“If we start to discuss plans now, when it comes to nearer the time the council will be more prepared to make a decision - but it is very early days.”

One of the Norwich park and ride buses. Pic: Archant One of the Norwich park and ride buses. Pic: Archant

With the new site there is also the potential for additional spaces to be provided at Postwick Park and Ride, off the A47, which will be the gateway to the NDR to the east of Norwich.

The council says that relocating next to the NDR will allow the site to intercept Cromer Road, the NDR and Fakenham Road.

Reducing the park and ride network from six to five would also release two sites owned by the Norfolk County Council for alternative use.

Konectbus has run the city’s park and ride services since September 2015, with no subsidy from Norfolk County Council.

It has been put forward that the new park and ride will include smart energy, such as solar panels and battery storage.

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