People living near a planned engineering college will receive a new bus service into the city centre if the designs are approved.

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Officials behind the Norfolk University Technical College, proposed to be at Yarefield Park in Oldhall Road, say they have held talks with Anglian Buses to secure a route for their pupils.

And they told Norwich city councillors this service would visit Maid Marian Road and the Tuckswood area, run throughout the day and offer a route to the city centre and train station.

College officials presented a pre-application briefing at City Hall yesterday, and stated the site will welcome up to 600 students aged between 14 and 18.

They said the number of parking spaces will be reduced from 125 to 32, with the aim to make an agreement with Norfolk County Council to use part of Harford park and ride.

The college aims to open by September 2014, work with 20 employers including Lotus, and states it will train 150 skilled engineers a year.

Dick Palmer, chief executive of the Transforming Education in Norfolk federation, which the college is part of, told councillors: “There are hundreds of jobs that Norwich people, young people, should be getting and our youth unemployment is some of the highest we have ever seen. This mis-match between what our employers need and what our education system is delivering, we are hoping this can address that.”

Paul Neale, a Green Party councillor, said: “I am so pleased this long overdue concept is coming forward.”

Labour councillor Keith Driver added: “A new bus service through Tuckswood estate sounds fantastic.”

4 comments

  • So no mention of a train station? Don't build this thing, see problems with traffic and then think what if? A small station would not impact the environment that much and Tesco would probably jump at the chance to pay for it anyway. There are no shops for a long distance bar Tesco. Use the Old Hall Road bridge and extend the path to Tesco its much safer than a couple of hundred kids walking down the A140. Use that bridge itself as part of a new station. Joined up thinking.

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    cm85

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Nice to see an article free from MPs’ soundbites, but on the other hand how utterly disgusting to see Freeman, Smith, and Simpson using a tragic accident and death of a woman to bolster their campaign for A47 “improvements”. Are there no depths to which these people will stoop to get themselves some favourable press coverage?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Great what with Asda rearing it`s butt ugly head on Hall Road and some more traffic from another major venue also on Hall Road did the planners not consider at least 1 of them not viable......er no they waited for the public to digest what asda be the worst news for people in the area that they can now have another badly UNeeded supermarket within 2 miles of another 2 supermarkets!!.Traffic is going to be a nightmare and possibly will change the lives of people in the immediate area of Hall as getting in and out in a car is going to be a timed event......Unbelieveable that sane people make these decisions

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    NR1`EY

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • cm85. Great idea if we had a tram co-using the existing BR network, and a costed plan exists, but nobody wants to listen in planning and transport. I'm glad that they have chosen Anglian Buses, as they operate modern buses, have friendly staff with high moral, a can do local company. Great college idea and long overdue.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 15, 2013

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