Norwich cycle path scrapped after fears it would lead to crashes near city pub

Clement's Hill/Constitution Hill looking up from just before the Whalebone pub.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Clement's Hill/Constitution Hill looking up from just before the Whalebone pub.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A new cycle path, proposed as part of a £150,000 traffic shake-up in north Norwich, is to be scrapped, due to fears it would lead to crashes between bicycles and pub-goers.

Officers at Norwich City Council had proposed a segregated cycle lane on the footpath, just a stone's throw from the entrance to The Whalebone pub, as part of a scheme in the St Clements Hill part of the city.

However, after consultation, which led to more than 40 responses, the cycle lane idea has been jettisoned.

Staff at the pub, city councillors, the Norwich Cycling Campaign and the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, all raised concerns it could lead to crashes.

The rest of the scheme remains on the table and a decision on whether it will go ahead will be made at a meeting of Norwich Highways Agency Committee on Thursday.

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Other proposals include a 20mph speed limit on a number of roads in the area.

To help ensure the limit in Elm Grove Lane is kept to, the council plans to install five speed humps in that road.

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The project also proposes changes to the St Clements Hill junction with Millcroft, including a raised table, kerb realignment and double yellow line, plus raised tables for the zebra crossing at the Magdalen Road junction.

However, Julie Brociek-Coulton, Labour city councillor for Sewell ward, said she still had concerns about the scheme - particularly plans to remove railings at the Millcroft junction.

She said: 'We had a meeting at The Whalebone in August where people had their say, and I'm pleased the council has listened and decided not to go ahead with the cycle path.

'But we've still got concerns, including that all the railings outside Sewell Park would be taken away. If children run out of that park, those railings are what stops them and we think it's important they stay.'

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