Nine months of disruption ahead as Prince of Wales shake-up is approved
PUBLISHED: 17:29 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 08 June 2018
The latest in a long list of city roadworks been given the go ahead - and it's going to create more than nine months of disruption.
A £2.75m regeneration for Prince of Wales Road has been approved by councillors, a scheme which will see seasons of delays for city motorists stretching to autumn next year.
Scheduled to start this November, the works are the latest in a series of changes to city centre roads in the past few years.
As well as alterations to Prince of Wales Road itself, the scheme will see changes to Rose Lane, Mountergate, King Street and Upper King Street.
Once the works are complete, motorists will be able to turn right out of Mountergate towards the train station, while there will also be new contraflow cycle lanes installed in Prince of Wales Road and Bank Street.
It will also see King Street, St Faith’s Lane and Eastbourne Place closed to all but cyclists and pedestrians.
After the Norwich highways agency committee (NHAC) approved the scheme, the full extent of how long it would take was revealed.
And while a Transport for Norwich spokesman could not confirm there would be no closures during this period, it said due to limited alternative routes these would be “very limited”.
Mike Stonard, the committee’s vice-chairman, said: “I welcome the scheme and think it will significantly improve traffic flow in the area.”
Mr Stonard asked officers whether the scheme would include facilities for the SOS Bus and was told provisions would be made.
Denise Carlo, Green councillor for the Nelson ward, said she was pleased with the scheme and thought it would be beneficial to cyclists and pedestrians.
However, she questioned whether officers had looked at the possibility of two-way bus use on Prince of Wales Road. She was told they had but it would not have improved bus journey times.
The scheme is also unlikely to be the only one to impact this area of the city in coming years, with council officers already actively seeking funding for additional phases.