Have your say on how a £4.5m pot could be spent on improving Attleborough’s roads

Attleborough High Street. Does the town centre need more traffic lights? Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Attleborough High Street. Does the town centre need more traffic lights? Picture: STUART ANDERSON - Credit: Archant

Residents of Attleborough will get to have their say on how £4.5m earmarked for the town could be used to improve its road network.

Norfolk County Council won £4.5 million of Local Growth Fund (LGF) funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to improve the town's road network and support its planned growth.

One idea is to convert Surrogate Street from one-way traffic to two way and make changes to the road's junctions with Church Street and Connaught Road, with the goal of making pedestrian crossing safer.

However, there was widespread opposition to this plan at public meeting on traffic earlier in the year because it could involve installing more traffic lights, which some fear would only increase congestion and make it more difficult for firefighters to reach their station before a call-out.

Rhodri Oliver, county councillor for Attleborough said: 'An important part of finalising proposals on these schemes is to get feedback on them from those using the area, whether they're drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or bus passengers.

'Information and comments received through the consultations can then help us fine tune the plans and hopefully iron out potential issues to make them the best possible solution that balances the needs of all road users.

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'I'd encourage all Attleborough residents and business to get involved and have their views listened to.'

Jeremy Burton, town mayor, said: 'Overall, we welcome the opportunity for the people of Attleborough to put their view across regarding highways matters.'

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Another project which the town council has been supporting is a link road from the A11 at Breckland Lodge to the B1077 near Bunns Bank.

Mr Burton said this was crucial to improving traffic in the area.

He said: 'The most important piece of the jigsaw is that relief road - it's fundamental to the whole system working.'

The council has also been lobbying for a 7.5-tonne weight restriction on vehicles entering the town from Connaught Road, and expressed concern over a planned closure of Carvers Lane - an important link road - to make way for housing development.

An extra 4,000 homes are planned to be built in Attleborough over the next 20 years.

A public consultation begins next week about proposals to improve Attleborough town centre. Residents can read more about the plans and give their view online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfa. The consultation will run until August 13.

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