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Improvements to popular Marriott's Way link completed

26 March 2021

Improvements to an important link along Marriott’s Way are finished and open for use following successful completion of the latest Transport for Norwich project.

Investment from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund has been used to install a three-metre-wide cycling and walking track along the popular footpath and cycleway between Gunton Lane and Hellesdon Road, in place of the previous indirect, poor quality route.

The work, which began in January, also saw a new segregated, parallel pedestrian/cycle crossing put in place across Hellesdon Road, which replaced an uncontrolled crossing of the busy Marlpit Lane.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, and chair of the transforming cities joint committee, said: “We’re really proud of this project, which is the first in the country to be completed from the main Transforming Cities Fund wave of national investment.

“Thanks to these changes, people walking and cycling the route will be enjoying a much safer and more convenient journey through the area from now on.”

Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth and representative on the transforming cities joint committee, said: “This project has transformed a busy section of Marriott’s Way from a poor quality, indirect path into an excellent walking and cycling link, which is a pleasure to use. We hope more and more people will make the most if it over the coming months.”

Councillor Kay Mason-Billig, South Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for governance and efficiency and representative on the transforming cities joint committee, said: “Over the last year we have all come to realise the value of being able to get out into the fresh air and enjoy open spaces. The improvement that this scheme has delivered will make it much easier for residents to enjoy spending time outside and take advantage of all the health benefits that exercise has to offer.”

Just over £300,000 of funding was allocated to complete the project, with the majority coming from the DfT’s Transforming Cities Fund and additional contributions from the county council’s Local Transport Plan and carriageway resurfacing budgets.

You can read more on the project at www.norfolk.gov.uk/marriotts and find out about all our Transforming Cities projects coming forward through the Transport for Norwich programme at www.norfolk.gov.uk/transformingcities.

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