Latest highway improvements praised by local residents
23 October 2020
Local residents have shared praise for Norfolk County Council’s latest highway improvement scheme following completion of works in Thorpe St Andrew last month.
The Transport for Norwich project was designed to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at the busy St Williams Way/Thunder Lane junction, whilst improving the local cycle route known as the Green Pedalway, which links Broadland Business Park with the city centre and wider pedalway network.
This scheme is one of the latest to be completed through the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund, designed to encourage more walking and cycling by making people feel safe and improve access to all forms of sustainable transport.
The project included new pedestrian and cycle crossings, new traffic signals, improvements to the existing cycle lane and additional safety features.
Thorpe residents, Hoda Sepehrara and Hameed Rafiee who live in the local area with their two daughters Elika (5) and Suri (3) said: “Crossing the busy ring road with two small children can feel quite daunting but these changes have definitely made it safer and easier to cross when popping to the shop or taking the girls to the park on their bikes.
“The new cycle crossings make you feel safer on your bike when travelling along the ring road, but they also mean cars aren’t held up by cyclists when the lights change and removing the filter lights has definitely sped things up for everybody.”
The council was recently awarded £32m from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a range of further improvements across the city, including major changes to St Stephens Street and a new bus and cycle lane on Thorpe Road.
Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport and chair of the transforming cities joint committee said: “It’s fantastic to see the benefits of this new infrastructure being realised and we hope to deliver many more schemes which will benefit local communities across Greater Norwich, now we have successfully secured further funding from central government.
All of the proposed improvements in our Transforming Cities Programme are about investing in clean and shared transport, creating a healthy environment, increasing social mobility and boosting the economy through enhanced access to employment and learning.”
Councillor Andrew Jamieson, who is Norfolk County Council’s cycling champion added: “Walking and cycling is a key focus of the council’s transport strategy and schemes such as this, along with the recent launch of the Beryl E-bikes will really help open up cycling in Norwich to a much broader audience”.