Last chance to have say over £1.7m shake-up to make Earlham Road safer for cyclists
PUBLISHED: 18:21 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:47 19 July 2018
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Time is running out for people to have their say over two schemes which would see more than £1.7m of changes on one of Norwich’s busiest roads.
Consultation over the schemes in Earlham Road will come to a close next Tuesday and council bosses have urged people to have their say.
One of the schemes would see £750,000 of changes to Earlham’s Fiveways roundabout, while the other would see changes on Earlham Road, along the route of the green pedalway, which runs from Bowthorpe to Broadland Business Park.
That £1.6m scheme would see new cycle lanes, improved crossings, a 20mph speed limit on a section of the road between Christchurch Road and Heigham Road.
There would also be changes to the roundabout where Earlham Road and the outer ring road meet. The roundabout will be redesigned to make it safer for cyclists, particularly those going to and from Gypsy Lane.
The Department for Transport (DfT) awarded Norwich just over £1m for the green pedalway project and nearly £700,000 for changes to Earlham Fiveways.
Extra money comes from Norfolk County Council’s safety scheme budget, as well as local developer contributions.
Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for transport, says: “I’d like to encourage anyone who uses the Earlham Road area to find out more and comment on the proposals while the consultation is still open.
“As more people choose to travel around the city by bike, it’s important that we continue to source funding for high quality facilities.
“This latest investment from the DfT means we can propose significant improvements to a major cycle route, which will hopefully encourage less confident cyclists to take to the road more regularly.”
In the five years up to September last year there were 38 crashes in the area covered by the scheme, of which 18 involved cyclists.
Consultation runs until Tuesday, July 24 at www.norwich.gov.uk/consultations
The outcome of the consultations is due to be reported to Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September.
If councillors give the schemes the green light, then work would start next year.