Plans to create a better connection across the Norwich outer ring road have been put to public consultation.

The plans consist of two options, hoping to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road. The proposed crossing is on Boundary Road, near the B&Q. One option looks at upgrading the existing junction, retaining the existing crossing near the junction with Vera Road. The other option is to install a new bike crossing between Vera Road and Rye Avenue, which builds on an existing crossing point.

Cllr Martin Wilby, chair of the transport for Norwich joint committee and cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said “Currently there are no crossings over this section of the outer ring road, meaning the project will provide a much-needed direct route for cyclists accessing the city from Hellesdon.

Following feedback from the committee, both options retain the existing Vera Road crossing, but we’d like to hear from those who live in or travel through the area on the proposals in general and which is their preferred option. Both are designed to create a safer and easier cycling route and improve crossing facilities for pedestrians at the junction with B&Q.”

Residents can engage with the consultation now, and those in the immediate areas have been written to detailing the proposals. The project is part of a wider programme of infrastructure changes in the Greater Norwich area, set out by the county council last year, and is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.

The deadline for comments is Sunday 10 October 2021, after which responses will be carefully considered and the outcomes reported back to the Transport for Norwich Joint Committee, made up of councillors from Norwich City, Broadland District and South Norfolk councils.

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