Have your say on Heartsease Lane crossing improvements

26 November 2021

The public are being asked for their views on improvements to a well-used crossing of a busy section of the Norwich ring-road linked to a popular walking and cycling route.

Norfolk County Council was recently awarded £1.2m from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Active Travel Fund to invest in local infrastructure projects that support the promotion of walking and cycling as an attractive and convenient transport mode for shorter journeys.

This proposal is one of several schemes being developed across the county and looks to upgrade and replace the existing Toucan crossing on Heartsease Lane with a fully segregated modern crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport said: “With people’s changing travel habits during the global pandemic, this is an opportune time to encourage more people to walk or cycle, reduce congestion on our roads and deliver a wide range of health and environmental benefits to residents across the region.

“This proposal follows similar schemes recently delivered on Marriotts Way and the National Cycle Network Route 1 in Kings Lynn and seeks to make the area safer for all users whilst encouraging further use of these fantastic off-road routes.”

The work would include carriageway resurfacing and the installation of ‘At any time’ waiting restrictions (double yellow lines) in the vicinity of the Heartsease Lane/Rider Haggard Road junction is also proposed.

The existing crossing links to the purple pedalway, as well as the pink pedalway which passes through Mousehold Heath, connecting Heartsease and Broadland with the city centre, UEA and hospital.

Councillor Alison Birmingham, the county’s local member for the area said: “This is a chance for the local community to make their views known to the council to aid the development of this scheme and I would encourage all residents to take this opportunity. Further consultation will follow later next year when we will also be seeking your views on walking and cycling improvements at the Heartsease Roundabout.”

Visit the project webpage to view the plans in more detail and further information on how to comment.

Alternative formats can be provided on request and the deadline for comments is Sunday 12 December 2021.

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