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Better transport in Great Yarmouth – a chance to have your say

11 September 2019

People are being asked for their views on a vision for how travel and transport, in and around Great Yarmouth, could be improved over the next ten years.

Norfolk County Council has been working with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to take a look at a range of transport-related issues that people living and working in the town face, and how planned growth can be supported. Better transport will help to attract future investment and development to the area, creating skilled jobs, business opportunities and giving local people a better quality of life.

Cllr Martin Wilby Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: “Better transport is vital for the future of Great Yarmouth. We’ve already got our Third River Crossing project well underway and are calling on the government to dual the Acle straight. But there’s lots we believe could be done to improve travel and transport in the town over the next ten years, and beyond. This isn’t just about roads as we’re looking at how people want to travel, and which transport issues need fixing.

“We want to hear from people who live and work in the town to know what they think of this overall vision, whether we’ve got the balance right between public transport, walking, cycling and driving, and if there’s anything we may have missed.

“Once we know we’ve got this vision right we can then move on to look in detail at individual schemes, work up these plans, and hopefully bring in the funding to help us deliver them.”

Cllr Graham Plant, chairman of the economic development committee at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “Highways infrastructure is a key driver for enabling sustainable growth and attracting investment in the borough, which includes supporting our vision to regenerate Great Yarmouth town centre as set out in the Town Centre Masterplan. Therefore, having an up-to-date transport strategy is important to guide work as highways funding opportunities arise.

"We’re already seeing significant investment with the Third River Crossing, plus improvements to Fullers Hill roundabout, the railway station forecourt, pedestrian and cycle links to the Market Place via The Conge, and pedestrian signage around the town centre.

"We all know that some aspects of travel around Great Yarmouth work well and some things need to change, either in the shorter or longer term, in order to support our collective ambitions for the future. No matter how you travel around, I encourage everyone to take part in this consultation to help shape the final strategy.”

The four-week Great Yarmouth Transport Strategy Public Consultation opens on Monday, 16 September and runs until Friday 11 October. There will be two drop in events for people to find out more and ask any questions they may have before giving their views. The first event is at Great Yarmouth Town Hall on Friday 20 September, 1-7pm. The second event is at Gorleston library on Tuesday 1 October, 1-7pm.

In addition to the two events where officers will be on hand to answer questions, people will also be able to look at all the consultation documents online, or see display boards at two locations while the consultation is underway.

Display boards will be at Great Yarmouth Town Hall from Monday 16 September to Friday 27 September (Mondays-Fridays 9am to 5pm). And then at Gorleston Library from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (9.30am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday).

For more information and to take part visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfgy (consultation will be live by 5pm on Monday 16 September)

Background information

People will have further chances to have their say on the more detailed plans for the schemes as they are developed.

Next steps:

  • Agree our strategy – we will consider the results of the consultation and take views into account when creating a final Transport Strategy to be agreed by elected councillors
  • Work closely with local and strategic partners – Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council will continue to work closely with stakeholders to develop the design of each scheme and make sure that local and regional transport policy aligns
  • Develop a design – many of the schemes presented in the transport strategy are at a very early stage. We will do more work to assess each scheme’s feasibility and identify possible routes, alignments and layouts.
  • Identify funding sources – the successful delivery of the strategy depends on us finding the right funding. This could come from local government, central government or the private sector.
  • Develop a business case – to access public funding streams and attract private investment we will need to prepare a business case. This will set out a case for investment and build on the Transport Strategy’s evidence base.

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