Busy Norwich junction could be made safer through £200,000 improvements

PUBLISHED: 17:16 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 06 April 2018

The junction on Magpie Road which could be made safer. Pic: Luke Powell.

The junction on Magpie Road which could be made safer. Pic: Luke Powell.

Luke Powell

A junction on a busy Norwich road could be made safer if a £200,000 scheme - the latest project to bring improvements for cyclist and pedestrians - gets the go-ahead.

Consultation recently ended over proposals for the Magpie Road/Heath Road/Edward Street/Edsdelle Street junction, on the St Augustine’s Gyratory, close to Anglia Square.

Transport for Norwich has put forward a string of improvements to make that junction safer.

A traffic signal controlled cycle crossing is proposed on Magpie Road directly in line with its junction with Heath Road.

There would be a cycle lane from Magpie Road, opposite the junction with Heath Road, which would lead to Edward Street. Another cycle lane would be created in Heath Road from its junction with Magpie Road.

It would also mean cars would no longer be able to get onto Magpie Road from Heath Road.

The footpath on the west side of Edward Street would be converted from its junction with Magpie Road, in line with the southern boundary of Esdelle Street to an unsegregated cycle track and footpath.

There would also be some changes to waiting restrictions and a small section of double yellow lines would be added at the eastern end of Esdelle Street.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: “Improvements in this area will create a safer and more direct link across Magpie Road for cyclists.

“It will also join up and extend existing facilities along the yellow pedalway, which connects Norwich airport and Lakenham through the city centre.”

The proposals will need to be agreed by the Norwich highways agency committee, made up of city and county councillors, 
before work can start on the scheme.

If agreed, then the council hopes work could start in October and be completed in November.

The money for the project comes from the City Cycling Ambition Grant - cash from the government which other health and local transport money was added to.

Norwich Cycling Campaign has said that it welcomes the improvements to “a poor shared facility that is too narrow and difficult for pedestrians and cyclists alike”.

They said it currently creates a hazard for cyclists coming along Health Road, because cars can turn into the cycle lane from Magpie Road to park.

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