Norwich School to raise pupil safety concerns over road system changes near Norwich Cathedral

Tombland junction with Palace Street. Photo: Bill Smith

Tombland junction with Palace Street. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

A Norwich school has claimed the safety of its pupils could be put at risk in plans to re-configure the road system near Norwich Cathedral as part of a scheme to make cycling around the city better.

The bursar of Norwich School will today tell members of the Norwich highways agency committee about the school's concerns about plans to relocate a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing and introduce new loading bays for nearby shops on Tombland.

The plans, which have been modified since a consultation during the summer, would see the pedestrian crossing by the Edith Cavell monument removed, along with guard rails designed to stop pedestrians crossing the road unsafely.

Instead, a signal-controlled crossing would be placed further south, at the junction of Tombland and Princes Street. A loading bay would also be introduced outside the sandwich shop and newsagent on the west side of the road.

The changes are part of the introduction of a 3m-wide, two-way cycle track along the cathedral side of Tombland.

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Norwich School bursar Mary Cherry, who will address the 10am meeting, said: 'We are a city school. We want children to cycle and walk to school. We want to support all of that, but at the same time we want them to be safe going to school, so we want them to reconsider how the children cross safely across Tombland.'

A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: 'The idea behind the proposals for Tombland is to transform this area from one dominated by cars and buses into a space where pedestrians, cyclists and traffic can all co-exist effectively – benefitting businesses, visitors and those who use it on a daily basis.

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'Elements of the design have been altered in response to consultation responses and the plans have been approved through a safety audit process. The scheme also has the full support of English Heritage.

'If approved, we believe the more balanced approach to design will result in a positive change for the area across the board.'

What do you think of these proposals? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, Norwich Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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