New cycle scheme would see speed limit cut on Norwich street next to Asda store

The new Asda on Hall Road. Proposed work would see changes made to nearby Hall Road. Picture: DENISE

The new Asda on Hall Road. Proposed work would see changes made to nearby Hall Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The speed limit on a Norwich road will be cut and a new cycle route installed if a scheme which could cost up to £400,000 gets the go-ahead.

The latest in a string of changes to the city's streets, through Norwich City Council's Push The Pedalways scheme, will focus on roads around the new Asda store in Hall Road.

The proposed project is part of efforts to make the yellow pedalway cycle route, which stretches from he city centre north towards the airport and south to Lakenham, safer.

As part of the scheme, the 40mph speed limit on Hall Road will be cut to 30mph and a footpath on the east side of Hall Road will be turned into a shared cycleway/footway.

A pedestrian island close to Robin Hood Road would be removed and replaced with a larger one in the same spot, while another island near Fountains Road would be removed and replaced with a larger one in a slightly different location.


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Council officers said the changes would benefit all road users, but particularly students who cycle to the University Technical College in nearby Oldhall Road.

Members of the Norwich highways agency committee, made up of city and county councillors, will meet next Thursday to decide whether to put the proposals out for four weeks of consultation.

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If the scheme does end up going ahead, then work would start in the autumn and would be completed by Christmas.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: 'This project will improve pedestrian and cycle links by joining the technical college with the existing shared-use path at Asda.

'Not only will it mean better facilities for those less confident cycling on the road, but the range of measures being put in place will make a safer environment for everyone using the area.'

The project would be paid for through £187,000 from the Department for Transport and £199,000 of developer contributions from the Asda development. While the budget would mean almost £400,000 could be spent, the scheme is unlikely to cost that sum.

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