�500,000 repair bill looming for Norwich’s two oldest park and ride sites

Up to �500,000 is required to spruce up two of Norwich's ageing park and ride sites.

Norfolk County Council estimates the cash will be needed to resurface its two oldest sites at the airport, opened in 1994, and Postwick, opened in 1998.

The repairs are scheduled for 2014/15, although the surface could be patched up to delay the need for major work.

Officials also suggest the possibility to expand the Postwick park and ride site, linked to the northern bypass, could also push back resurfacing work.

John Birchall, Norfolk County Council spokesman, said: 'Although provision has been made in the transport asset management plan (TAMP) for 2014/15, this is reviewed annually and there's a good chance we will be able to prolong the life of the surfaces by patching the worst areas.

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'At Postwick, there is the possibility of expansion linked to the construction of the NDR, and it may be possible to carry out resurfacing during work on expansion.'

A council report has warned 'significant pressure on the structural maintenance budget' could emerge in 2014/15 due to the need for the park and ride resurfacing works.

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The authority is aiming to reduce its subsidy to the six park and ride sites around Norwich and move towards a situation where they are self-funding.

County councillor Tim East said he would like to see the park and ride site in his Costessey division resurfaced to encourage more people to use the service.

And the Liberal Democrat spokesman for environment, roads, transport and waste, said future housing development lined-up off Longwater Lane provided the ideal opportunity to make it easier and desirable for new residents to use buses.

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