Bid to close off another Norwich city centre street to traffic

Geoffrey Watling Way, alongside Norwich City Football Ground, which may be closed to public vehicles

Geoffrey Watling Way, alongside Norwich City Football Ground, which may be closed to public vehicles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Proposals to close off a city centre road to traffic have been met with backlash from people living in the area.

Norwich City Council is wanting to stop traffic from entering Geoffrey Watling Way and Carrow Road from Koblenz Avenue.

The proposed plans, which would create a new bus service past Norwich City Football Club, would also see on-street parking spaces removed.

But people living in nearby flats are sceptical about the idea.

Adrian Brown, 29, said: 'It is going to be an absolute nightmare. The block of flats I live in has limited parking, so the parking bays are essential during the evenings when you have visitors.

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'The council says they have to go for security reasons, but I don't know what they could be. It will be a terrible move.'

The proposals would see a bus gate installed on the junction and a bus route would connect the east of the city with the area around the UEA.

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But it would mean that the only access to and from Geoffrey Watling Way and Carrow Road would be from Canary Way.

Frank Harper, 79, who lives on the nearby Kerrison Road, said: 'Will they alter the phase of the lights [on Canary Way]? because that junction is terrible at times.

'Sometimes I can't get out and that is what we are worried about.'

There are 312 homes on Geoffrey Watling Way, with a further 200 due to be built in the near future.

A council spokesman said: 'These proposals are about making sure this area of significant housing development has the transport infrastructure to support it.

'By providing a bus route, we will be relieving the burden of additional cars on the city's roads as the planned developments come forward.

'It is important that any changes we make do not have a negative impact on the flow of traffic along the ring road, which is why a proposal where general traffic follows the new bus route would not be viable.'

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