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Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane

Phase 6: Agricultural Hall Plain

Start: Monday 13 January 2020
Expected completion:
Thursday 28 May

This work will see improvements for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. Pedestrians will benefit from wider footways and improved crossings, and a new segregated cycle lane will complete the cycle link from King Street and Prince of Wales Road through to Castle Meadow. The overall appearance of the area will be enhanced with a reduction in street clutter, new paving and resurfacing of the carriageway, whilst all the traffic signal equipment will be updated to allow better co-ordination between signals in the area.

The work forms part of a larger project to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and cycle access in the Prince of Wales Road area.

Further works on London Street and Opie Street will follow from April 2020.

Phase 5b: Bank Plain/London Street

Start: Monday 16 March 2020
Expected Completion: 13 June 2020

Phases 1 to 4

Background to proposals

We consulted on proposals for changes to the Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane area of the city throughout February 2018. Scheme plans are available on this page.
The Norwich Highways Agency Committee approved proposals for the area at their meeting on 7 June 2018.

Proposals put forward were informed by detailed traffic modelling and represent what’s best for the city in terms of traffic flow and pedestrian/cyclist provision.

The impact of other recent changes in the city centre has been taken into account and this data shows that the original strategic proposal (from 2009) to remove general traffic from Prince of Wales Road and make Rose Lane two-way no longer delivers the objectives of this scheme.

The work is being delivered in a series of phases with King Street completed in late 2018 and subsequent works on Rose Lane, Mountergate and Prince of Wales Road carried out in 2019.

An investment of £2.6m was secured from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund to deliver the initial phases. A further £2.34m was obtained through the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund to deliver the latter phases, with an additional £235k from local developer contributions. This funding includes the adjacent works on Bank Plain.

Overall objectives of city centre changes

The changes around the Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane area of the city are the last in a series of measures, which included Chapel Field North, St Stephens Street, Westlegate and Golden Ball Street.

The objectives of these schemes are to:

  • Reduce levels of traffic using routes through the city centre that don’t have origin or destination there
  • Improve local air quality
  • Improve public realm – more pedestrianised areas/encourage more journeys to be made on foot or by cycle
  • Improve public transport services and journey time reliability
  • Improve economic vitality of business and retail centre

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