Norwich's Earlham Road in line for £1.6m safety changes

The roundabout where Earlham Road meets the outer ring road. Pic: Dan Grimmer

The roundabout where Earlham Road meets the outer ring road. Pic: Dan Grimmer


Another Norwich roundabout could be redesigned as part of a £1.6m shake-up for one of Norwich's main roads.

Changes in Earlham Road would see new cycle lanes, improved crossings, a 20mph speed limit on a section of the road and alterations made to the roundabout where the outer ring road meets the road.

The possibility of the section of the road between Christchurch Road and Heigham Road, along with nearby side streets, being made 20mph has been reported previously.

But members of the Norwich highways agency committee will tomorrow be asked to agree to put a number of other changes out for consultation.

That includes new cycle lanes between Christchurch Road and the A140 outer ring road and new zebra crossings near Wellington Road and at the junction with Christchurch 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.

A new cycle zebra crossing would be provided, while the existing pedestrian crossing will be upgraded to a toucan crossing.

West Pottergate would be closed to traffic where it meets Heigham Road and Earlham Road.

Council officers say the changes will improve the green pedalway, which runs from Bowthorpe to Broadland Business Park.

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.

Officers for Transport for Norwich, said: “With 2,500 homes due to be built in the next few years needing to access the city centre along this section of the green pedalway, the numbers of cyclists are expected to increase considerably, which amplifies the need to redesign the highway to reduce their exposure to the risk of collisions.”

If councillors agree, consultation will be held this summer, with a decision in September. Work would be done next year.

As previously reported, council officers also want to make £750,000 of safety improvements at Fiveways roundabout, further along Earlham Road, while work recently finished on the Sweet Briar Road / Dereham Road roundabout.

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