Improvements to the St Stephens and Chapel Field North area

Consultation closed 3 December 2012

St Stephens Street (left) and Chapel Field North (right)

As part of the Transport for Norwich (Norwich Area Transport) strategy we are proposing improvements to the St Stephens and Chapel Field North area, We are confident that the proposals will make:

  • make the area a better place for shopping
  • make journeys into and around Norwich easier
  • create a safer and more accessible environment for cyclists and pedestrians
  • promote quicker and more reliable bus services.

The changes proposed would mean traffic is managed differently in the following streets: Bethel Street, Chapel Field North, Cleveland Road, Convent Road, Grapes Hill roundabout, Little Bethel Street, Rampant Horse Street, Red Lion Street, St Stephens Street, Surrey Street and Westlegate.

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, the Greater Norwich Development Partnership and developers.

The following document provides information about the current traffic movement and the predicted effect there will be on traffic volume in the area. Traffic movement (1.85 Mb pdf)

Changes would also be made to Chapelfield Gardens, parking and bus stop arrangements. Full details of these changes are available here: Chapelfield Gardens - proposed changes (2.09 Mb pdf)

Benefits

shoppersPedestrians and shoppers

Less traffic driving through the city centre will make it less noisy and the air cleaner.

Crossing Rampant Horse Street on foot near Marks & Spencer will be made much easier and safer.

Help to maintain Norwich’s position as a top 10 retail centre.  

Lorry.pngMotorists and business deliveries
Access is maintained to all car parks and access to the Forum car park will be made simpler.

There will be more on street parking around Bethel Street and Cleveland Road that will be available throughout the day for residents and businesses..

Delivery routes will no longer cross the city centre.

bus.pngBuses
Buses from Dereham Road, Earlham Road and Unthank Road will have a shorter route into the city centre and not be held up in queues on the inner ring road, reducing journey times.

Bus users will have more space to wait for buses in St Stephens Street and Theatre Street
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Space will be created for new forms of demand responsive public transport to pick up and drop off passengers.

Chapelfield Gardens
Floswers.pngWide and attractive new entrances will be created that are aligned with convenient pedestrian crossings.

The missing section of the path circuit around the perimeter of the gardens will be provided.

New lighting will be installed so that people walking through the gardens feel safer at night

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Cyclists will be able to ride in both directions on Bethel Street, Chapel Field North and Little Bethel Street.

The cycle route from the hospital and UEA to the city centre will be made more direct and will avoid conflict with pedestrians in Chapelfield Gardens and outside the Forum.
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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, the Greater Norwich Development Partnership and developers.

Project overview

This maps and lists the improvements that we are proposing in the area: Project overview (1.58 Mb pdf).
Please see a list of questions and answers to help explain our proposals which includes useful reference documents..

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)

TROs are legal documents that lawfully enable enforceable traffic restrictions to be implemented. These are now available for all aspects of the proposals:

  • City centre complimentary measures for bus, coach, taxi, disabled parking, loading, pay and display and demand responsive transport service proposals are available on the TROs consultation page.
  • St Stephens and Chapel Field North area proposals to amend waiting restrictions, traffic management access restrictions and speed limits are available below. 

City centre controlled parking zone (CPZ)

Chapel Field North, Bethel Street, Cleveland Road, Little Bethel Street, Theatre Street, Rampant Horse Street, Surrey Street and St Stephens Street

CPZ amendment TRO (94.9 KB pdf)

Traffic management

Chapel Field North, Bethel Street, Cleveland Road, Little Bethel Street, Rampant Horse Street, St Stephens Street, Surrey Street and Westlegate 

Traffic management TRO ((29.9 Kb pdf)

20 MPH speed restriction

Cleveland Road, St Giles Street, Bethel Street, Little Bethel Street and Chapel Field North.

20mph speed restriction order (19.6 Kb pdf)

What do you think? Updated

The public consultation period closed on 3 December 2012.
 
At the January 23 2013 meeting of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee meeting consultation representations and officer recommendations were submitted, members of the committee decided to defer the decision to the March 21 2013 meeting pending further consideration of stakeholder views.
 
Committee reports are available on the following links; for future meetings the committee report and meeting agenda will be available on this webpage one week prior to the meeting.

 
Link to Highways meeting for January 24 2013
Link to Highways meeting for March 21 2013


All those who have made written representations will be notified of the outcome of member decisions.

The project team may be contacted via:

Transport for Norwich
Norwich City Council
City Hall
St Peter’s Street
Norwich NR2 1NH

What happens next

Further consideration of stakeholder views and officer recommendations will be made at the March 21 2013 meeting of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee.
 
If approval is obtained from members, work would take place in Chapelfield Gardens in mid 2013 and implementation of the remainder of the scheme would follow, to be completed by March 2014. 

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