Have your say on plans to boost Great Yarmouth cycling and walking network
15 July 2021
Cycle routes in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston have been earmarked for improvements to encourage more residents to make journeys on foot or by bike.
The ambition is to make better walking and cycling links between town centre areas, residential areas, the railway station, hospital, schools, employment sites, green spaces as well as recreational spaces along the coast and Broads network.
The third river crossing currently under construction forms a key part of this strategy, and seven cycling routes in and around Great Yarmouth, could see a range of improvements over the coming years. These include redesigned junctions to help walkers and cyclists to use them more easily, new and improved cycle lanes and footpaths and improved cycle parking.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “I’d urge people to take a look at the proposals and give us their views, as this will help us shape and develop the plans for the Great Yarmouth area.
“Alongside partners we have already been working to improve active travel in the town, work that has recently seen the e-scooter hire successfully set up, installation of better signage, and the production of the popular Great Yarmouth cycle map to make it easier for people to find new routes and ways to make local journeys. We want to further build on this good work and are asking for local people’s views to show us the best way to do this.”
The plans have been developed by Norfolk County Council, working in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, leaders of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s main political groups, said: “The Great Yarmouth Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan is a big step change in helping to change people’s travel behaviours for the better. The reduced traffic levels around Great Yarmouth, Caister and Gorleston during recent lockdowns gave us a taste of a more pleasant environment for walking and cycling, with less traffic congestion, improved air quality and all the associated health and well-being benefits that physical activity can bring, as well as helping to combat climate change.
“We need as many people as possible to get involved with the survey to find out what you think of the proposals. This will enable us to ensure these more defined and safer routes, which will link up all areas our borough, will work for everyone, from those travelling into work on a daily basis to those heading out to the shops or for leisure. So, whether you are already a cyclist or walker, or a committed driver who sees the benefit in leaving your car at home a little more often, then do take the online survey.”
The plans also include schemes to improve the pedestrianised areas, widen a number of pavements, and install new pedestrian crossings in the centres of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. And away from the town centres, potential cycle route extensions could link in with the National Cycle Network as well as the National Trail and Norfolk Trails networks.
The feedback will be used to help shape and prioritise the initial plans, and the views given will also help to support applications for future funding.
People are able to give their views on the proposals from 14 July - 8 September.
The survey will help inform ongoing work create a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for the Great Yarmouth area, which supports the Government's ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choices for making short journeys in towns and cities.
Research has shown that switching more journeys to cycling and walking will improve health, quality of life, benefit the environment and local productivity. Walking or cycling regularly can help to prevent and manage illnesses such as some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.
Initially funding for a number of the proposals could come from the Great Yarmouth Town Deal initiative or the Department for Transport Active Travel fund recently announced by the Government. Having a range of priority schemes that have been developed alongside local people means that the council is in the best possible position to bid for and secure funding when it becomes available.