Norwich drivers face further disruption if £386,000 work gets green light

Hall Road, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Hall Road, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Motorists look likely to face even more weeks of disruption, if the go-ahead is given for the latest transport shake-up in Norwich.

City and county councillors will this week be asked to rubber-stamp £386,000 of changes in the Hall Road area of the city, close to the new Asda supermarket.

The 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 would 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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Part of the cost will come from Asda contributions and the rest from the multi-million pound Cycle Ambition grant the city got from the Department for Transport.

In a report to members of the Norwich highways agency committee, officers say consultation earlier this year resulted in just one objection. Officers said: 'The proposals have not been negatively received by the public' and are recommending approval.

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If councillors approve the scheme at Thursday's meeting, construction would start in September, scheduled to last for 10 weeks.

Eight weeks of work was also due to start today Monday, July 18on a £200,000 scheme which will see traffic lights and road closures in Fifers Lane, near Norwich International Airport.

Council bosses say that work will also improve the yellow cycleway.

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