Norwich city centre traffic changes – what they mean for you

All Saints Street, Golden Ball Street, Ber Street junction, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

All Saints Street, Golden Ball Street, Ber Street junction, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A year of roadworks starting in January will see major changes to Norwich city centre with more streets closed off to cars.

Up to £3m has been set aside for the work around Westlegate, All Saints Green, Farmers Avenue and Golden Ball Street.

The project is slated to being on January 18 and will take place in phases, lasting a year. The first phase will start on Golden Ball Street.


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Red - Roads closed to general traffic

Blue - New cycle path

Orange - One-way streets converted to two-way

Here's what it will mean for you:

• Driving into Norwich along Ber Street

You will no longer be able to turn onto Thorn Lane, Westlegate or All Saints Green from Ber Street. Traffic will be taken down Golden Ball Street and Farmers Avenue which will become two-way. It means traffic can get to the Castle Mall car parks or further on to the new Rose Lane car park. Traffic will not be able to get down Farmers Avenue beyond the Castle Mall car park.

• Red Lion Street

St Stephens Street is already closed to general traffic but Red Lion Street will also be closed, as will Westlegate.

• Coming to Archant

With Thorn Lane closed at Ber Street, traffic will have to come along Golden Ball Street and then right down Rouen Road to get to the Archant offices. Vehicles leaving Archant will have to turn left onto Rouen Road.

The main changes include:

• Red Lion Street: Closed to general traffic

• Westlegate: Closed to general traffic

• Thorn Lane: Closed at junction with Ber Street

• Farmers Avenue: Two-way to Castle Mall car park, pedestrianised to Castle Meadow

• Golden Ball Street: Two-way traffic

• All Saints Green: Pedestrians and bicycles only

• All Saints Street: Removal of all traffic from Surrey Street junction northwards expect for buses and taxis

Norfolk County Council expects the changes to lead to traffic increases on Ber Street by 950 vehicles a day, Finkelgate by 1,400 vehicles a day, Bracondale by 400 and Queens Road by 850.

But they hope the work will also lead to a drop in congestion on Rouen Road, Surrey Street and Cattle Market Street.

For more details see the Norfolk County Council website.

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