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Cromer Road/Aylsham Road

In January 2021 Norfolk County Council and the Transport for Norwich partnership asked for feedback on proposals to introduce new sections of bus lane along Cromer Road and Aylsham Road.

Why was this proposed?

Cromer Road/Aylsham Road is a key public transport corridor from North Norfolk, Hellesdon and the Airport Park & Ride site. However, bus passengers were delayed by congested traffic conditions and there was no facilities for those wanting to cycle in this area. Traffic modelling forecasts that the new bus lanes will reduce bus journey times for all bus services using Aylsham Road and Cromer Road, particularly in the morning peak, by 15 to 20 per cent. The impact for general traffic using roads in the local area is low, with an increase in peak-period journey times of between 5 and 10 per cent.

The proposals also included the installation of additional double yellow lines in some areas to improve safety for cyclists and enable all traffic to flow freely without obstruction. No changes were proposed for designated on-street parking.

You can view a plan of all changes that were proposed for the area on the link above and the letter to local residents which provides further detail on the reasons for each change.

Next steps

Feedback received during the consultation was reviewed and plans revised in response, where appropriate. The points raised through the consultation were presented in a report to members of the Transport for Norwich Joint Committee, along with the final proposed version of the scheme for construction.

View the report - agenda item 8

Committee members voted in favour of progressing with the proposal at the meeting held on 10 June. Full minutes of the meeting are available on the above link. You can also follow the full discussion and reasons for the decision taken via the YouTube recording (starting at 58 minutes, 30 seconds).

The legally required traffic regulation orders (TROs) associated with these proposals were formally advertised in September 2021 providing further opportunity for public comment.

Following the TRO consultation, permission was subsequently granted to install the necessary road markings via a delegated decision in November 2021.

The work was completed between November/December 2021 as part of a major resurfacing scheme being carried out by our Highway Maintenance Team across the wider area.


The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded £32m of funding to TfN from the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a range of schemes across Greater Norwich. These projects aim to improve access to jobs, training and retail by supporting improvements to sustainable modes of transport, while also responding to issues around air quality.

More information about our application to the DfT and all the proposed schemes can be found at our Transforming Cities page. You can also read more about previous, current and future TfN projects by visiting Transport for Norwich.