Hundreds more Norwich roads could be made 20mph - is your street among them?
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Speed limits of 20mph could be introduced on more than 300 further roads in Norwich, as council bosses continue their drive to make the city's streets safer.
Consultation has started into reducing the limits on dozens more roads in the south of the city, with the public asked if they support 20mph limits in parts of Lakenham, Tuckswood and Eaton.
The Transport for Norwich scheme would also see traffic calming introduced in Eaton Road, close to the City of Norwich School, Church Lane and Greenways in Eaton, Sandy Lane in Lakenham and South Park Avenue, near Eaton Park.
Council bosses have already brought in 20mph limits in the city centre, Earlham and part of the north of the city, but say slowing down more traffic will make streets safer and more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians.
Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for transport, said: 'Creating 20mph zones across the city is one of the ways we're making our roads feel safer for everyone.
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'The current consultation proposes to extend this approach to the south of the city centre, which ties in with improvements to the blue and yellow pedalways as part of the most recent phase of Department for Transport funding.
'In residential areas, it's not always possible to put in place facilities such as cycle tracks but taking steps to reduce traffic speeds helps people to feel more confident when cycling and walking.
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'Where zones have been introduced in recent years we've seen a reduction in speeds so we can be confident in putting forward this approach to benefit other areas.'
While Norfolk police stress 20mph zones are enforceable, the idea behind the limits is that the existing conditions of the roads, along with signs and, where installed, traffic calming, means more drivers think about their speed and comply with the limit.
The consultation over the latest proposals can be found here, with people invited to comment by August 29. Consultation over 20mph limits for dozens more roads in the north of the city, in areas such as Catton Grove and Fiddlewood, closed last month.
The final decision over the limits will be taken by members of the Norwich highways agency committee in the autumn.
Which Norwich roads could become 20mph?
South of the city:
Arnold Miller Close
Arnold Miller Road
Coach House Court
Cricket Ground Road
Friar Tuck Road (part)
Hall Road (part)
Hall Road (spur road)
Harry Perry Close
Ipswich Road (3 spur roads)
Lady Betty Road
Lady Mary Road
Lime Tree Road
Little John Road (part)
Long John Hill (part)
Maid Marian Road (part)
Mansfield Lane (part)
Marston Lane (part)
Old Lakenham Hall Drive
Robin Hood Road
Sherwood Road (part)
South Park Avenue
Southwell Road (part)
St Albans Road
St Johns Close
St Stephens Road
Thatched Pavilion Court
Town Close Road
North of the city:
Catton View Court
Clabon First Close
Clabon Second Close
Clabon Third Close
Edmund Bacon Court
George Pope Close
George Pope Road
George Winter Court
Green Hills Road
Harry Watson Court
St Martins Close
St Martins Road (Part)
St Marys Road
Thomas Glover Court
Tillett Road East
Waterloo Park Avenue
Waterloo Park Close
White House Court
The rise in 20mph zones
The first 20mph zone in Norwich was introduced on the North Earlham estate in 1991 and similar limits followed in various areas in subsequent years.
But council bosses wanted to adopt a more uniform approach. So, in March last year, the Norwich highways agency committee agreed a blanket policy for 20mph restrictions on all residential C and U class roads.
However, some busier C roads, such as Unthank Road and Long John Hill remain as 30mph roads, given the cost of the traffic calming which would be needed to ensure the limit was kept to.
Other market towns in Norfolk do not have blanket 20mph limits, but many have part-time 20mph reductions outside schools. Gorleston High Street is also being made 20mph, while the Heritage Triangle in Diss has a 20mph limit.