Reader Letter: Norwich pollution is being created by roadworks

PUBLISHED: 15:22 08 May 2018

Norwich wakes up to another day of mist and pollution.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich wakes up to another day of mist and pollution. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Archant Norfolk.

One reader believes Norwich’s pollution is being created by long-term roadworks.

I am sure your article struck a chord with most Hethersett residents, especially those who have to endure these roadworks twice daily.

The works to put a gas supply to new developments in Back Lane have been there with some short breaks since April last year.

MORE: Norwich has some of the worst air pollution levels in the country, report shows

At the other end of the village the cycle path is almost complete, although complete is the wrong word as it is only going as far as a car showroom. Like the NDR is a road to nowhere so is this cycle path. Presumably the intention is to encourage people to cycle more, but ending at a car showroom sends out the wrong message. Presumably Ketts Oak is in the way and Transport for Norwich have not yet found anyone to declare it unsafe so they can cut it down. We now are told Norwich is one of the most polluted towns. Most of the reason is because many roads are closed or altered so traffic is slowed down and creates more pollution. A good example is the new exit from New Road, Hethersett where exiting traffic is confined to one lane so a vehicle turning right holds up the majority who want to turn left to Norwich. It used to be wide enough for traffic turning right not to hold up others.

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