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County sets sights on the future with ambitious transport plans

21 January 2020

Making Norfolk transport fit for the future is on the agenda for county councillors next week.

Members of the Infrastructure and Development select committee are set to consider a number of reports which are a vital stage to improvements to road, rail, cycling and walking over the coming decades.

Cllr Barry Stone, Chairman of the Infrastructure and Development select committee, said: “Having strong and clear plans at the ready is crucial if we are to bring in the transport investment Norfolk deserves. The reports the committee is looking at next week are an important step to ensuring we are prepared and can react swiftly to transport funding opportunities as they arise.”

Councillors will be considering the committee’s response to an ongoing consultation on Norfolk’s key transport planning document at the meeting on Wednesday, 29 January. This document is the Local Transport Plan which shapes how the county council deals with a range of transport matters including trunk roads and the rail network. In addition members will be looking at updates to the Norfolk Rail Prospectus and feeding back on the joint county and borough King’s Lynn Transport Strategy.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “The County Council is doing the legwork to make sure we’ve got well researched plans in place that meet local priorities. Some of the schemes are small, some are large and ambitious, but they all go together to give Norfolk the better infrastructure it needs for the future. Alongside the improvements we hope to be able to make ourselves we will continue to lobby outside organisations to push them for improvements to rail and the A47 and A11.”

And the results of the now complete market town transport network improvement strategies will also be discussed by committee members. The studies, which were carried out over the last two years, looked at Dereham, Diss, North Walsham, Swaffham, Thetford, Aylsham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Wroxham and Hoveton. A range of improvements have been identified to help tackle current transport issues and make sure the necessary infrastructure is in place before any planned growth.

The papers for the Infrastructure and Development select committee are available on our website.

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