A better environment for shoppers, pedestrians and cyclists and more reliable bus services – just some of the benefits current proposals for the city centre would bring.
The city and county councils are launching a consultation on a number of improvements for the St Stephens and Chapel Field North area of the city centre.
These improvements were set out in the Transport for Norwich (NATS) strategy, which was agreed in 2010, following extensive public consultation.
Now, the councils are set to ask people for their views on the finer detail.
Changes to the way traffic is managed in a number of streets will help towards reducing carbon emissions in the city centre. Cycling and bus routes will be made more direct and delivery routes for businesses, shorter. Chapelfield Gardens, a well-loved city centre green spot, will get generous new entrances, paths and lighting.
Councillor Bert Bremner, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for environment and development says:
“The people of Norwich are very proud of their city and one of the ways we make sure it continues to be such a vibrant place to live is by managing growth in a way that is sustainable.
It is also important that people have a variety of transport choices, including effective bus services, to keep up with the changing needs of the people who live, work and visit here, while making sure none of the city’s special character is lost.
Our council teams of experts need to hear from other experts – local people, residents and businesses. Please let us know your views.”
Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation at Norfolk County Council, said:
"This is an exciting package of proposals which will improve Norwich for everyone by moving sustainable transport higher up the agenda while at the same time helping the city's economy to grow.
To help this happen, a number of partners are working together for the good of the city, its residents and those who visit, shop or work here. To get the very best results we need to hear people's views. I hope as many people as possible will take time to visit one of the exhibitions or fill in an online survey in the coming weeks and give us their feedback."
A public consultation on the scheme and the traffic regulation orders will run from Monday 5 November to Monday 3 December.
An exhibition, which provides full information on the scheme, will be held at the Forum from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 November and then in City Hall from Monday 12 to Friday 30 November (except weekends). More information about the proposals, the exhibition (including when there will be staff to speak to) are available by visiting the Transport for Norwich page. A survey will also be available from 5 November.
Comments on the proposals must be made by 10am on Monday 3 December.
These comments will be carefully considered in a report to the Norwich highways agency committee on Thursday 24 January 2013. This is when a decision will be made about whether to proceed with the scheme on the basis of the plans and traffic regulation order presented in the consultation, or to make changes.
The total project cost is estimated to be around £1.45m. The funding is from the Department for Transport Better Bus Area fund, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council, Greater Norwich Development Partnership and developers.