Norwich road closures warning as transport projects set to start

Published:  30 December, 2016

Two major Transport for Norwich projects are set to start in early January leading to road closures.

From Tuesday 3 January, All Saints Street and part of All Saints Green in the city centre will be permanently closed to all traffic as work begins to complete improvements to the area around Golden Ball Street.

The project as a whole, which started last January, is part of the Norwich Area Transportation Strategy and designed to help increase footfall in the area, boosting trade to local businesses and creating a public space for everyone visiting the city to enjoy.

Work in this third and final phase includes restoring All Saints Green as an attractive traffic-free open space and putting in place more parking provision for disabled drivers. Phases 1 and 2 were about improving pedestrian and cycle connection with the rest of the city centre by removing traffic from Westlegate, and giving motorists easier access to car parks in the area by making Golden Ball Street two-way.

Removal of general traffic from Red Lion Street as part of the phase 2 work completed the bus corridor between St Stephens Street and Castle Meadow, bringing benefits to public transport journey times and reliability and provided a more attractive environment for the high number of people walking around the area.

Further improvements to cycle connections are also taking place elsewhere in the city, with work starting on Wednesday 4 January on the existing shared-use pedestrian and cycle path on Newmarket Road.

The section of the existing path that runs out of the city between Daniels Road and the area opposite the Unthank Road junction will be widened and resurfaced to improve the quality of the facility.

Priority cycle crossings across side roads will also be put in place to provide an uninterrupted route along this part of the A11 – one of the main sections of the blue pedalway, which connects Wymondham, Hethersett and Cringleford with Norwich.

Full details of the projects, along with traffic management and diversion routes, can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/goldenballstreet and www.norfolk.gov.uk/newmarketroad.

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