Blueprints drawn up to tackle congestion in Norfolk’s market towns
- Credit: Ian Burt
Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be spent to make sure roads and transport in Norfolk’s market towns will be able to cope with new homes in the years ahead.
Council bosses fear that, with 30,000 new homes due to be built in towns and villages within decades, pressures will be piled on to road networks.
With 190,000 people living in the county’s market towns, Norfolk County Council chiefs were keen to make sure they were “future fit” and can handle future growth.
So they studied the infrastructure of 10 towns - Dereham, Diss, North Walsham, Swaffham, Thetford, Aylsham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Wroxham and Hoveton and Wymondham - to come up with transport network improvement strategies.
A strategy for Dereham has already been adopted and the council’s cabinet has just agreed to adopt strategies in the others, bar Wymondham, with the study there not complete.
You may also want to watch:
The council has about £820,000 available to spend on changes in the years ahead, but would also seek to get funding from other methods, including from business rates and from developers.
Among proposed changes are:
- 1 Norfolk wakes up to empty pumps – despite assurances of ‘ample fuel stocks’
- 2 Huge seaside home with indoor pool for sale for £600,000
- 3 Man dies in hospital after fight near Norfolk pub
- 4 The Bill star reveals he has moved to Norfolk and why he loves it
- 5 Why has a golden dome appeared in this Norfolk town?
- 6 Delays on roads as petrol queues continue
- 7 Dramatic pictures as huge barn fire breaks out near coast
- 8 Queues form at Norfolk petrol stations - despite reassurances over stock
- 9 Q&A: All you need to know about fuel shortages
- 10 A11 to undergo 18 months of roadworks
• Further study work examining the feasibility of the A134 link road in Thetford
• Potential schemes to improve congestion at Dereham’s B1135 roundabout junction near Tesco
• A scheme to improve Vince’s Road roundabout in Diss
• Ways to make Red Lion Street in Aylsham more pedestrian friendly
• Exploring the possibility of a bypass at Swaffham.
Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure at the council, said: “These studies have looked in detail at the market towns in Norfolk with the most pressing issues relating to existing and anticipated housing growth and sought to tackle their communities’ main transport concerns.
“As a result we have identified some potential projects that could make a real difference to local residents, including measures to help people walk, cycle and use public transport in the towns, alleviating traffic congestion in the centre of Dereham and the possibility of creating a north-south bypass around Swaffham.
“The next steps are to carry out more detailed work on each of these projects and seeing how we might fund and deliver them.”