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Mayfly Way

Start: Monday 3 July 2023

Expected Completion: Late September

In September 2022 Norfolk County Council and the Transport for Norwich (TfN) partnership asked for feedback on a series of proposed improvements to Mayfly Way in Bowthorpe.

The proposals seek to improve safety for those travelling through the area by bike or on foot, along this popular route which connects to the Green Pedalway, linking the Bowthorpe employment area with the city centre and beyond. These improvements are being funded by the Department for Transport's Transforming Cities Fund.

The proposals were approved to progress to construction by the cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure following recommendations made by the Transport for Norwich Advisory Committee in January 2023. View the minutes of the meeting.

Compulsory Purchase Order notice 

In order to complete the Mayfly Way Scheme the Council has made and obtained the following compulsory purchase order. 

Please note that the official signed and sealed documents may be difficult to access for some users, so we have provided an accessible version alongside it. The accessible version includes the same information as the official documents, apart from the signature and seal. 

If you require any documents in a more accessible format please contact


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. Find out more about our application to the DfT and all the proposed schemes.

Mayfly Way FAQs

What will happen to the trees?

Tree surveys by a qualified arboriculturist will be conducted before the scheme design is finalised to assess the health and quality of each tree within the proposed area for the new footpath. Full mitigation plans will be provided in each case, including suitable replanting for any which are to be felled.

While tree removal is never ideal, expanding the variety of trees and planting across the wider area can increase overall biodiversity and help protect the health of those trees which remain in place. This strategy has recently been demonstrated to achieve good results on a directly comparable footpath widening scheme on Marriotts Way. 


Are you removing any parking?

The proposals require a small increase to the existing section of double yellow lines to the east of the proposed new crossing on Barnard Road. This is to ensure visibility and safety for those using the new crossing. 

The proposed addition to the existing double yellow lines is approximately 24 metres in length which equates to 4-5 car spaces. Ample on and off street parking remains available along the length of Barnard Road. 


Why does the segregated pavement end at Harpsfield?

This is an existing shared use area for pedestrians and cyclists and intersects with other routes through the neighbourhood. Further segregation at this point would cause conflict with the other routes. 


What about plans for Dereham Road?

Some minor traffic calming measures were already completed on Richmond Road. Proposals for walking, cycling and public transport improvements along the length of Dereham Road are currently under development. Find out more about Dereham Road improvement works. 


What happens where Mayfly Way joins Dereham Road?

These improvements are focused purely on Mayfly Way itself. Improvements to facilities at the junction with Dereham Road are included in the forthcoming proposals described above. 


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