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St Stephens Road area Town Close residents – we need your help!

A Transforming City Fund road/cycle/pedestrian improvements scheme (PDF here) is planned for St Stephens Road & Grove Road in Town Close Ward and the three week consultation runs to 10 a.m on 10th February 2021. The consultation is your chance to help shape the proposal and campaign for the additional improvements that we need in this area. Time is tight. Everyone should fill in the consultation on the Norfolk County Council website (click here), but you can also tell us what you think. Town Close has a representative on the committee and Cllr Ian Stutely is one of just two Norwich City Council members. Please help Ian to represent your views alongside County Councillor Emma Corlett by sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. Please get in touch by using the survey below. Ian and Emma will collate all responses, work directly with officers with the aim to incorporate your feedback into the scheme, and campaign for approval by the committee.

Things to consider:

  • The TCF is designed to improve accessibility, walking, cycling, and public transport, while helping to reduce pollution. Does the scheme achieve these aims?
  • What more could be done?
  • What effect will the scheme have on the local transport network?
  • Will the scheme encourage people to cycle, walk, or use public transport instead of their cars?
  • Does the plan have sufficient provision for people living with a disability?
  • The footpath on the east side of St Stephens Road is too narrow for local and high City College pedestrian traffic, but is not being widened. Maintaining a bus lane and two way traffic meant only minimal gains could be made to the pathway width with high costs and major works required. How can this be mitigated? Would a 300mm width gain justify the cost and major works? Would a 20 mph speed limit help pedestrians and cyclists to feel safer on this road?

Our initial observations:

  • We support a 20 mph speed limit between St Stephens roundabout and the Ipswich Road / Newmarket Road junction. Should it go further?
  • Improvements to the pedestrian and cycle provision at the junction with Grove Road are long overdue and welcome.
  • However, closing Grove Road to eastbound traffic from St Stephens Road will have a knock-on effect for Grove Avenue and Victoria Street. How can this be avoided/mitigated?
  • There is no provision for cyclists approaching from Grove Road to turn right into St Stephens Road. This needs to be considered.

Please see below for our short survey. You can also tell us about any other issues in the area.

About TCF
Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) is a joint committee led by Norfolk County Council with representation from Norwich City Council, South Norfolk District Council, Broadland District Council and a member from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Cllr Ian Stutely (Town Close) and Cllr Mike Stonard (Cabinet Member for sustainable development) are the only two representatives from Norwich City Council.

The committee is responsible for overseeing transport infrastructure improvements in and around Norwich that ‘aims to improve productivity and spread prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport‘. The budget allocated to Norwich from this DfT fund is £32 million (plus an earlier £6m award). Having missed out on a share of £1.2bn in the early bidding stages, there is pressure on Norfolk County Council to ensure the fund is well spent. Please see the links below for more information and help us campaign to ensure they get it right by filling in our short survey below.

Links:
Consultation (closes 10:00 on 10th February 2021)
Proposal (the plan showing the scheme – PDF)
Consultation letter (sent to local residents – MS Word)
Government announcement (official PR)
Norfolk County Council’s TCF page (worryingly, already out of date)

TCF St Stephens Road & Grove Road (Town Close)

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