New £1m scheme could be latest in Norwich road shake-ups

Traffic at Eaton, viewed from Church Lane at the junction with Eaton Street to the left and right. I

Traffic at Eaton, viewed from Church Lane at the junction with Eaton Street to the left and right. It is one of the roads which will be affected by the proposed changes. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The next wave of a controversial project which has seen major shake-ups to roads in Norwich is set to start, with the public asked what they would like to see in a new £1m scheme.

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transport.; Photo: Bill Smith

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transport.; Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2011

Drivers have faced months of disruption as work has been carried out on an eight-mile pink cycle route from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia to Heartsease and Broadland.

But now, money is set to be spent on two more cycle routes, the yellow one between Norwich International Airport and Lakenham and the blue one from Sprowston to Wymondham.

Using a further £15.4m - including £8.4m from government Cycling Ambition Cities funding - more than 40 projects are proposed, which Norwich City Council says will make life easier for cyclists and pedestrians.

And the city council today launches its first consultation over a section of the blue pedalway, which could see £1m spent in Eaton and Cringleford.

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The project is focused on the area stretching from the turn off from Newmarket Road into Eaton Street down to the Colney Lane junction in Cringleford.

The council is using a new interactive website for the first time to ask the public what they would like to see, before any designs are drawn up. Officers are planning to spend £200,000 on a signal-controlled crossing over Newmarket Road near Poplar Avenue.

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Some of the issues which sparked the original bid for the government cash included the delays caused by the narrow Cringleford Bridge and the difficulties for cyclists in negotiating the junction of Eaton Street with Bluebell Road/Church Lane.

Bert Bremner, Norwich City Council cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: 'This part of Eaton and Cringleford is an important hub in the Norwich area's transport network.

'Before we put forward plans for consultation, we want to understand the sorts of issues those who travel through it regularly are experiencing.

'I hope plenty of people get involved in this exercise so we can draw up a plan that's well-informed and aims to address as much of the feedback received as possible.'

County councillor Steve Morphew, chairman of the Norwich highways agency committee, said: 'These sort of local improvements are as much part of the overall Transport for Norwich plans as the big city centre improvement schemes and the Northern Distributor Road.

'It's just as important that we get a complete picture of what's needed – and the best people to tell us are those who live, work and travel in Eaton and Cringleford on a daily basis.'

People can have their say here from now until Monday, November 16.

Paper copies are also available from Eaton post office, Waitrose and the Willow Centre or from the city council by emailing or ringing 0344 980 3333.

The fundings will be used to draw up designs in the first half of next year, followed by consultation in autumn next year. If agreed by councillors, work would then start in 2017.

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