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Funding boost for Greater Norwich transport network

27 September 2018

Greater Norwich could be in for a huge boost to public transport infrastructure after making the shortlist for the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.

The announcement means that Transport for Norwich (TfN) is in line for a share of an £840m pot of money specifically for promoting intra-city connectivity – aiming to make it easier for people to access jobs, training and retail.

At the heart of the bid, which was put together in partnership between Norfolk, Norwich, Broadland District and South Norfolk councils, is a new high-quality, integrated public transport network for the area.

It highlights three strategic routes to support the Norwich Research Park, Broadland Business Park and the airport industrial estate, each with a focus on where they meet the city centre.

Smart ticketing, cleaner vehicles, real-time information and faster journey times are all features outlined in the vision for Greater Norwich.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, says:  “Greater Norwich is ready for significant investment in public transport so it’s fantastic news that we’ve been shortlisted.  Funding through Transforming Cities would help us deliver the integrated network we need to support growth in homes, jobs and the local economy over the coming years.

“We can now look forward to working with the DfT and in collaboration with Transport for Norwich partners to transform how we travel in and around the city.”

The next stage of the process involves the DfT working closely with the TfN team to develop a detailed package of projects to take forward.

Final decisions on the amount of funding will be made once all successful applicants’ proposals have been assessed.

Greater Norwich is one of 10 city areas that have made the shortlist.

To download a copy of the Greater Norwich bid document, please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/transformingcities.

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Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for transport, says: “Investment in public transport is vital to support Greater Norwich as it grows. This is a great opportunity to work with our local authority partners and the DfT to put together plans that could make a significant difference to the quality of major bus routes into the city. Building on recent investment in the pedalways we can also look forward to an even better sustainable transport network for Norwich.”

South Norfolk Council Leader John Fuller said: “This is a massive boost for the area and local economy. The funding has the potential to greatly increase access to jobs, reduce congestion and improve our air quality. It will enable us to improve public transport links to our key employment sites around Norwich, such as the Norwich Research Park, the University of East Anglia and the hospital, and provide better integration of the tech corridor with the city transport network, giving local people much greater access to employment opportunities.”

Councillor Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council, said: “This opportunity is another step in the right direction to drive economic success in the Greater Norwich area and match the demands of the business community. Economic growth is our priority and the potential for improved connectivity through this funding can only support this.”

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