Completion of first phase of £4.5m Transport for Attleborough project
07 December 2018
The first phase of the £4.5m Transport for Attleborough project has been completed in time for Christmas.
The scheme, which will reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety will also support planned growth in the town.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We’re really grateful to everyone in Attleborough for their patience in putting up with this short term pain in exchange for the long term gain. This is a major scheme and investment to make getting around the town easier and safer for everyone, and ensure the town’s infrastructure is set up to support planned growth in the future.”
Since work got underway in September, Surrogate Street has been widened and converted to two way, and the junctions of Church Street and Connaught Road have been realigned. These changes are to reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety in Attleborough town centre, and reduce the number of right turning vehicles at Connaught Road and Exchange Street junction.
Traffic lights have also been installed at the Church Street junction to help prevent long queues of traffic within the town centre and to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road. Other improvements to pedestrian facilities include three new zebra crossings and widening of pavements next to the church on Surrogate Street, and next to the shops on Church Street.
Cllr Rhodri Oliver, local County Councillor for Attleborough, said: “It’s great to see the work on this first phase complete in time for Christmas. We’ve been doing what we can to minimise disruption and have been talking and listening to local people and businesses at all stages of the project, firstly in the public consultation in 2017, and more recently while work has been underway. It is great to see people using the improved roads, pavements and crossings that are now in place.”
There will now be a break in the project until late spring 2019. The next step will be to make improvements to the layout of Queens Square car park to increase the number of parking spaces, this will be achieved by remarking the parking spaces and removal of the unused grass areas.
The work on this first phase has cost £750,000 and has been carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and its contractors.
The work is part of Transport for Attleborough, a major project to improve all forms of transport and support planned growth in the town.
The project has received £4.5m of Local Growth Fund (LGF) funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. A public consultation was carried out in 2017 to seek views on potential schemes and help prioritise the delivery of projects.
Local Growth Fund
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
New Anglia LEP’s Local Growth Fund
New Anglia LEP’s total Growth Deal from Government is £290m to 2021. It is estimated to create 54,750 new jobs, 6,800 new homes and to generate an additional £628m public and private investment. This funding is used to support projects which aid the delivery of the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk by boosting the region’s skills, driving innovation, targeting support to help small businesses to grow and improving transport and infrastructure.
A full list of New Anglia LEP’s Growth Deal projects can be found at newanglia.co.uk/growth-deal