Norfolk County Council and the Transport for Norwich partnership asked for feedback on proposals to introduce new sections of bus lane along Cromer Road and Aylsham Road. The consultation has now closed and we will keep this page updated with outcomes and next steps, including committee reports and dates.
Why is this being proposed?
Cromer Road/Aylsham Road is a key public transport corridor from North Norfolk, Hellesdon and the Airport Park & Ride site. However, bus passengers are currently delayed by congested traffic conditions and there are no facilities for those wanting to cycle in this area. Traffic modelling forecasts that the new bus lanes will reduce bus journey times for all bus services using Aylsham Road and Cromer Road, particularly in the morning peak, by 15 to 20 per cent. The impact for general traffic using roads in the local area is low, with an increase in peak-period journey times of between 5 and 10 per cent.
The proposals also include the installation of additional double yellow lines in some areas to improve safety for cyclists and enable all traffic to flow freely without obstruction. No designated on-street parking would be affected.
You can view a plan of all changes proposed for the area on the link above and the letter to local residents which provides further detail on the reasons for each change.
Feedback received during the consultation has been reviewed and plans revised in response, where appropriate. The points raised through the consultation were presented in a report to members of the Transforming Cities Joint Committee, along with the final proposed version of the scheme for construction.
View the report - agenda item 8
Committee members voted in favour of progressing with the proposal at the meeting held on 10 June. Full minutes of the meeting will be available on the above link in the next few weeks but in the meantime you can follow the full discussion and reasons for the decision taken via the YouTube recording (starting at 58 minutes, 30 seconds).
Council officers will now prepare the legally required traffic regulation orders associated with these proposals. Details of these orders will be advertised locally and publicised via this page once available, providing further opportunity for public comment.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded £32m of funding to TfN from the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a range of schemes across Greater Norwich. These projects aim to improve access to jobs, training and retail by supporting improvements to sustainable modes of transport, while also responding to issues around air quality.
More information about our application to the DfT and all the proposed schemes can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/transformingcities. You can also read more about previous, current and future TfN projects by visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfn.