Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane

We consulted on proposals for changes to the Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane area of the city throughout February. You can download and view the details from the Download proposal plans box on this page.

Next steps

Work on the first phase of improvements begins on King Street on Sunday 28 October.  Download the Public Information Notice to find out more, including details of traffic management and closures while work takes place.

Background to proposals

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 the other city centre changes 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 overall scheme will be delivered in a series of phases. The final order and timing of these phases will be decided once feedback from the consultation has been reviewed. It is likely that the first phase to be delivered will be Rose Lane/King Street as early as September 2018, with Mountergate following in early 2019.

In terms of funding, currently, £2.6m of Local Growth Fund money has been secured to deliver these changes. Detailed costs will be calculated when the final designs are drawn up, which will incorporate changes in response to the consultation where appropriate. Any additional funding needed to deliver later phases of the project will be applied for as needed.

Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council members of Norwich Highways Agency Committee (NHAC) approved these proposals for consultation at their meeting on Thursday 18 January 2018.

Overall objectives of city centre changes

Proposed changes around the Prince of Wales Road/Rose Lane are of the city are the last in a series of measures, which includes 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
  • Improve public transport services and journey time reliability
  • Improve economic vitality of business and retail centre

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