Norfolk Local Transport Plan and Rail Consultation opens today
13 January 2020
The consultation for the Local Transport Plan opens today, ensuring that it offers local people the chance to have their say on current and future priorities for transport provision in Norfolk.
The current plan was put in place in 2011 and since then, there have been many changes to the way in which people travel. As well as this, Norfolk County Council has recently adopted an environmental policy to work towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030. The new plan will make sure that Norfolk’s transport system continues to meet the county’s needs into the future.
Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport said: “I am very pleased to announce that we are launching a consultation for the updated Local Transport Plan and Norfolk Rail Prospectus. Transport is vitally important for Norfolk and we are looking forward to hearing people’s views on these issues and how and where we should focus our attention in the future. Once we have the overall vision in place, we will shift our attention towards a much improved and fit-for-purpose transport plan.”
As well as the Local Transport Plan, a second consultation will begin today on the Norfolk Rail Prospectus setting out Norfolk County Council’s requirements from rail to serve the needs of the county. The findings will be used in conversation with government, train companies, Network Rail and other stakeholders to get the best for the people and businesses of Norfolk.
The Local Transport Plan Consultation and the Norfolk Rail Prospectus will run for seven weeks from 9am Monday 13 January to 5pm 28 February 2020.
For further information, please go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/localtransportplan and www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolkrailprospectus
Norfolk County Council will process any personal information we receive through the consultation in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), the Data Protection Act 2018 and Norfolk County Council’s data protection policy and guidelines.
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The Vision for Transport in Norfolk
A transport system that allows residents and visitors a range of low carbon options to meet their transport needs and attracts and retains business investment in the county.
Since the adoption of the current Local Transport Plan several schemes have been delivered, most notably the Broadland Northway (Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR)), A11 dualling and Norwich to London in 90 minutes rail services. There has also been a commitment to improvements and funding for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing, A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions, Blofield to Burlingham dualling, Thickthorn Roundabout and Easton to Tuddenham dualling. We have also made significant improvements to walking and cycling.
Why NCC is updating the LTP
- Key policy objectives, such as improvements to the A11 and building the Broadland Northway (NNDR), have been achieved
- New priorities have arisen such as Norwich Western Link, A140 Long Stratton Bypass, A10 West Winch Relief Road, Attleborough Link Road, and full dualling of the A47 including Tilney to East Winch and Acle Straight
- Priorities emerging from the new Norfolk County Council Environmental Policy
- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been established and there is an emergence of sub-national transport bodies. An up-to-date Local Transport Plan will set out the County Council’s position to inform and influence emerging strategies and plans
- There have been changes in economic, societal, technological, environmental, political and legal circumstances. We need to have a plan that is fit for the future
The draft aims and objectives of the new Local Transport Plan are:
- Well managed and maintained transport network
- Delivering a sustainable Norfolk
- Enhancing connectivity
- Enhancing Norfolk’s quality of life
- Improving transport safety
- Increasing accessibility
Norfolk County Council has prioritised the prospectus recommendations into three categories:
- Short-term: Deliverable between 2019-2024 or work to commence to allow delivery within the medium to long-term
- Medium-term: Deliverable between 2024-2029 or work to commence to allow delivery within the long-term
- Long-term: Deliverable post 2029
This Prospectus sets out the investment that we believe is required in rail for the county. Our requirements are realistic, evidence-based, and take account of government objectives for rail, the financial frameworks, and delivery mechanisms.