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Norwich secures £59 million for sustainable transport

Norwich residents will see major improvements to travel infrastructure, with updates to walking, cycling and public transport facilities, following confirmation of funding from Central Government today.

Norfolk County Council has received formal confirmation from the Department of Transport (DfT) that a joint bid with the city council and district authorities of Broadland and South Norfolk has been accepted, triggering a combined investment in local infrastructure totalling £59m. Norwich BID was pleased to support this funding application, and believe the new investment will be of enormous benefit to city centre businesses of all sectors.

DfT have confirmed Norfolk County Council will receive £32 million from the Transforming Cities Fund: a government fund totally £1.2bm set up to improve sustainable transport and boost the economy through improved links between residential, retail and employment areas. 

The funding will deliver vital infrastructure improvements to improve travel times for bus passengers on the most popular transit routes, giving city bus operator, First Eastern Counties, confidence to invest a further £18m in its fleet and local services.

All projects will be delivered through the Transport for Norwich partnership, with an additional £9m being allocated from local council and private contributions.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport and chair of the transforming cities joint committee said: “I am delighted we’ve been able to secure this vital investment at such a crucial time for both the economy and the future of transport in the city.

“Retaining First Eastern Counties’ commitment to Norwich has been central to the partnership approach taken in developing our proposals. I am confident all of the projects we are now able to progress will deliver real benefit in terms of health, employment and the environment for years to come.

Projects earmarked for early delivery include improvements to Tombland which are already underway, a new bus and cycle contraflow on Thorpe Road and a major remodelling of St Stephens Street, for which details of a public consultation will be published tomorrow.

Norwich BID is delighted to have assisted with this successful funding application, which looks to create a more sustainable travel network into the city centre, and to improve current infrastructure with vital upgrades. This forward-thinking plan anticipates the evolving needs of our growing city, with access at the heart of the proposed plans.

Stefan Gurney Executive Director said:  "Norwich BID is very proud to be part of the Norwich’s Transforming Cities award and specifically the opportunity to deliver a sustainable high-quality integrated transport network for Norwich city centre. This is a great opportunity to improve the infrastructure and public realm in Norwich city centre based around the vision of investing in clean and shared transport, creating a healthy environment, increasing social mobility and boosting productivity through enhanced access to employment and learning."

The £32m funding award from Government means that proposals for a new bus interchange at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a redesign of the Heartsease roundabout and improvements to cycle and pedestrian crossing facilities on Boundary Road will also be able to move forward.

You can view full details of all projects covered by the fund on the council’s website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/transformingcities