Christmas is always the busiest time on our roads so before you head into Norwich over the festive period, it’s worth taking a look at some of the following sites to help inform choices about your routes and parking.
Norwich Park and Ride
Avoid city traffic altogether by parking at one of the five Norwich Park and Ride sites. This regular and reliable service will take you to the heart of the city centre using bus lanes to beat the queues along the way. For quick ticketing, download ‘Konectbus M-tickets’ on Apple or Android.
Accessing Norwich by car
Recent changes to the road network have been designed to reduce the amount of through traffic in the city centre while providing easier access to the multi-storey car parks at John Lewis, Castle Mall and Rose Lane. This has seen changes to how cars and other general traffic move around the city.
Live parking information
Get real-time information about parking spaces available at all the main pay and display and Park and Ride sites across the city. This site shows the capacity of the car parks and how many spaces are free so if your usual parking place of choice is full, you can head straight to an alternative and avoid unnecessary queuing.
Norwich bus network
For those living in the wider Norwich area, First Eastern Counties runs a network of 10 colour-coded routes offering frequent, direct links with the city centre, rail station and many other popular destinations. Discount fares are available for anyone under 20, and High5 tickets offer a day’s travel for up to five people (maximum two adults) at less than the cost of two adult return tickets.
- Take a look at their new interactive site, complete with information on timetables, maps, fares and tickets.
Norfolk Liftshare has been set up by Norfolk County Council to help you get around the county by sharing car journeys. It could also be a great way to get to Norwich for a Christmas shopping trip. The service is free and available to all who live, work and travel in and around Norfolk. The site matches you up with potential partners as a driver or passenger – choose to share car journeys as little or as often as you like, with whoever you like!
- Find out more on the Liftshare website.
This parking app shows all the on-street and off-street parking in major cities in the UK. Simply download the app for free on either Android or iPhone and find Norwich on the map to get information about all the available parking spaces and tariffs. In addition to standard parking, it also shows disabled parking bays, electric car charge points, motorbike bays and the nearest petrol stations. It’s a good way to locate alternative parking options when the main multi-storeys are full.
Roadworks and essential maintenance
All planned projects on the city’s road network stop in mid-November to minimise disruption ahead of the main Christmas shopping period. There are occasions, however, when emergency or essential utilities work has to take place during this time. If you see temporary traffic lights or a road closure, you can find out more about what’s going on by looking at the map on our roadworks page. It’s useful to help plan any routes that should be avoided before you set off and will also tell you details about who’s carrying out the work and why it’s taking place.
Ofo bike hire
Dockless bikes are now available to hire in Norwich. Charges are about 50p per half-hour, with bikes available to pick up and drop off anywhere within a designated area. A series of hubs has also been set up in outer areas, including UEA, Norwich Research Park and County Hall, to give people the option of travelling to more places by bike. For full details, visit www.ofo.com or just download their app and go!
Rail network connections
For those travelling in from surrounding areas, it’s worth taking a look at the Greater Anglia services across the county. There are regular, reliable connections into Norwich – visit www.greateranglia.co.uk for full details and timetables.