Residents face consequences for drivers breaking a rush-hour ban near Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 February 2018

White Horse Lane in Trowse. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

White Horse Lane in Trowse. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN


Residents of a village near Norwich are facing the consequences of a rush-hour ban on cars.

A sign states that there is no access to Trowse via White Horse Lane between 8am and 9.30am, Mondays to Fridays.

Only bicycles and buses are exempt from the ban on the road, which leads to Trowse Newton and crosses under the A146.

However Norfolk Police have said officers have been monitoring the road and have found people not complying with the law.

In a Twitter post, they warned that people could be reported if they are founding flouting the rules.

Village resident, Clive Cartner, said: “If you have to go to the doctors or take your children to school, you have to negotiate the A146 traffic which adds time onto your journey.

“We can now get a fine for driving down one of the roads into our village. I understand why the Police put it in place, no one wants to see traffic build up in our village but we don’t want restrictions to affect us. I’ve received a ticket in the past just getting back home.

“I don’t see them removing the ban, but if they could just allow us residents to come through then it would make things easier for us.”

Councillor for Trowse, Trevor Lewis lives on White Horse Lane. He said: “Bus gate prevents weekday traffic. It has been pretty abused in the past and we’ve had a lot of traffic coming through the village. The ban has actually been in place for many years.

“The parish council carried out a traffic count and South Norfolk Police said they would give the road more attention. A lot of drivers use it as a cut through.

“The ban affects people who live in Trowse, unfortunately there is no way under the law for one set of people to be ok to drive through and another set of people not to be ok.

“It’s not an ideal situation as a resident. When the ban was first put in place the police provided residents with a letter to show if they were stopped, however they withdrew that.”

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