New proposals on the transformation of Norwich City Centre
Information on the latest changes to Norwich City Centre will go before County and City councillors next week (Thursday 4 June) for approval as the basis for further consultation. Improved access to key city centre car parks – particularly John Lewis, off Ber Street, and the Castle Mall Farmers Avenue car park – will be among the changes proposed in a package of measures that follow on from the bus and pedestrian-focused changes that came into effect in November 2014.
The latest proposals add design detail to changes that have already been backed in principle following earlier consultations. County and City councillors on the joint Norwich Highways Agency Committee will be asked to approve a four-week consultation on the detailed proposals. The improved access to car parks will be achieved by allowing right turns in and out of the John Lewis car park on to Ber Street, and by making Golden Ball Street and part of Farmers Avenue two-way, creating an easier route for cars to reach the Castle Mall car park entrance on Farmers Avenue.
The plans will also allow a simplified flow of north-south traffic on Ber Street, Golden Ball Street and Cattle Market Street. (Currently north-bound traffic has to reach Cattle Market Street via Thorn Lane and Rouen Road, or the Westlegate, Red Lion Street, Farmers Avenue loop.) Drivers from the south will then have easier access to the main Castle Mall car park, off Market Avenue, as well as the John Lewis car park (from both directions) and the smaller Castle Mall car park off Farmers Avenue.
These improvements will take traffic off more city centre streets, allowing these to be closed to general traffic, with a range of enhancements that will extend the city centre’s prime shopping area and create an attractive and far safer pedestrian connection to John Lewis and All Saints Green. The principles of the changes have already been consulted upon and measures such as the closure of Westlegate to traffic won wide support. The Norwich Highways Agency Committee is being asked to support a four week further consultation in June and July so that any issues thrown up by the detailed proposals can be resolved in time for construction to begin early next year (2016).
Read more on the Norfolk County Council website here