Speed limits could be cut to 20mph in more than two dozen further Norwich streets

More 20mph zones will be introduced in parts of Norwich. Pic: ANTONY KELLY.

More 20mph zones will be introduced in parts of Norwich. Pic: ANTONY KELLY. - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

More than two dozen further roads in Norwich could become 20mph zones as a roll-out of lower speed limits across the city continues.

More roads in Norwich could be about to be made into 20mph zones. Graphic: Robert McVicar.

More roads in Norwich could be about to be made into 20mph zones. Graphic: Robert McVicar. - Credit: Archant

Council bosses have been introducing the zones across the city over the past two years - and the Magdalen Road area is next on the list.

Magdalen Road itself and a number of residential streets which lead from it are all earmarked to become 20mph zones.

The public is being consulted and people have until February 20 to let the council know what they think.

Streets such as Buxton Road, Waterloo Road, Denmark Road, Knowsley Road, Beaconsfield Road and Spencer Street made 20mph zones.


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As part of the £240,000 Transport for Norwich scheme, funded through Department for Transport Cycle City Ambition cash, other changes are proposed.

They include:

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• A separate cycle track on the west side of Magdalen Road between its junction with Guernsey Road and its junction with Sprowston Road

• A new layout for the traffic light-controlled junction with Sprowston Road, including an independent signal phase for cyclists travelling south

• Raising tables to provide level footpath crossings.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: 'Proposals currently under consultation for the Magdalen Road area are designed to improve general road safety while providing better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

'We remain committed to plans for 20mph limits in residential areas. Creating a safer environment in this way encourages people to walk and cycle, while slower traffic speeds reduces the severity of accidents, should they occur.'

People in Magdalen Road had mixed views.

Pensioner Michael Curtis, 78, from Waldeck Road, said: 'I think it's a very good idea, I'd feel much safer walking around, anything that eases up the pace nowadays. It's not easy for older people nowadays with all the traffic and it's not even easy for a young 'un.'

But Carl Hammond, a bricklayer from London who works in Norwich, said: 'I can understand it in certain areas, but in other areas I think it's stupid, the traffic is bad enough in this city as it is.'

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