Traffic changes are discussed as consultation deadline looms

Residents in Hotblack Road are worried about traffic using their street as a rat run. Photo: Al Pulf

Residents in Hotblack Road are worried about traffic using their street as a rat run. Photo: Al Pulford - Credit: Archant

A raft of traffic concerns came to light at a public meeting, as time to take part in a consultation over changes to a roundabout ticks away.

Residents in Hotblack Road are worried about traffic using their street as a rat run. Photo: Al Pulf

Residents in Hotblack Road are worried about traffic using their street as a rat run. Photo: Al Pulford - Credit: Archant

The meeting, held by the Wensum Residents' Association, was first called to discuss the Hotblack Triangle, in Norwich, encompassing Hotblack Road, Waterworks Road and Dereham Road.

It was claimed by those living there that the area had become a 'rat run' for people cutting through to get to the ring road.

But this brought light to a range of other traffic problems in the area, and allowed discussion about proposed changes to the Sweet Briar/Dereham Road roundabout.

Ongoing concerns raised were restricted use of pavements due to parked cars and overgrown bushes and speed of driving, especially around Wensum Junior School.

People who regularly drive in the area voiced their concerns that children were at risk crossing the road where cars are either speeding or negotiating around other vehicles.

But city councillors Sandra Bogelein and Kevin Maguire told the meeting that although these concerns were well recognised, and despite ongoing work to safeguard pedestrians and roll out 20mph speed limits elsewhere in the city, that this area was not a priority for traffic development.

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A spokesman for the Wensum Residents' Association said: 'The submitted plans do not offer any strategies to reduce impact on the surround residential roads during or after the redevelopments. While new crossing points are proposed on some roads as part of the works, there will be no additional provision for those on foot to cross Dereham Road inside the ring road.

'It is feared that with the additional volume of traffic predicted some junctions will be unusable by pedestrians. Also, the plans do not currently include a crossing point on Sweet Briar Road or any revision of the junction with Dereham and Waterworks Road which is an accident blackspot. Another concern raised was the suitability of mixed use cycle and pedestrian routes in an area where the pavements are already very narrow.

'Despite the best efforts of the councillors, the residents were left with more questions than answers and with time running out to respond to the consultation.'

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