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Last chance to comment on plans for Earlham Road

Published on Thursday, 19th July 2018

A consultation on safety improvements for cyclists along Earlham Road is entering its final few days, with proposals for two schemes open for feedback.

One of the schemes concentrates on changes around Earlham Fiveways roundabout while the other includes a series of measures along the green pedalway, between the outer ring road roundabout and the junction with Heigham Road.

Proposals for the projects were put together for a successful £1.7m bid to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Cycle City Ambition safety scheme.

Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for transport, says: “I’d like to encourage anyone who uses the Earlham Road area to find out more and comment on the proposals while the consultation is still open.

“As more people choose to travel around the city by bike, it’s important that we continue to source funding for high quality facilities. This latest investment from the DfT means we can propose significant improvements to a major cycle route, which will hopefully encourage less confident cyclists to take to the road more regularly."

The DfT awarded Norwich just over £1m for the green pedalway project and nearly £700,000 for changes to Earlham Fiveways. Additional funding contributions are from Norfolk County Council’s safety scheme budget, as well as local developer contributions.

For full details of the proposals and information on how to take part in the consultations, please visit www.norwich.gov.uk/consultations.

Deadline for consultation responses is next Tuesday (24 July), with the outcome of the consultations due to be reported to Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September. If approved, work on construction of the schemes would take place next year and be delivered by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council through Transport for Norwich.