8/27/2010

Norwich traffic chaos gets worse

Yesterday afternoon I had to go in to Norwich. A five mile journey took 55 minutes at 1.30 in the afternoon (not exactly a rush hour). When I got there, virtually every car park was full, and to be honest, the hassle meant I would go elsewhere to shop if I possible could.

Now I explained why Norwich's roads are in such a mess at the moment a few weeks ago with both Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council seemingly conspiring to make every journey in to Norwich impossible from the North of the City.  Since the, however, things have got worse. One of the main routes in to Norwich from the North, the Fakenham Road, is closed both ways. This means that buses from Fakenham, Drayton and Taverham (my area) have to be diverted, adding a lot of extra time to the journey and in doing so putting lots of people off using the bus (me included). On top of this though, they authorities have made things even worse by closing Castle Meadow in the centre of Norwich. This road is almost exlusively used by buses, with there being dozens of bus stops along this road. This means bus routes have been altered, again causing people to given up on buses and go by car instead. This explains why there is vitually nowhere to park in the city at the moment.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that doing four major road closures, all at the same time in Norwich is ridiculous, but seemingly Norwich City  (run by Labour) and the the Coutny Council (Tory run) can't work it out !

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Use a bike

Norfolk Blogger said...

I should add that cycling is no answer if you have large items to buy. Silly comment.

Red Star said...

Could this be an argument for the NDR?

Norfolk Blogger said...

Only if it were a complete bypass. As it is, the planned route would stop at the A140 meaning all the cars coming of the NDR at the Airport would then be forced through Taverham (where I live) or through the roads affected by the road closures.

The Tories plans for the NDR are daft and make no sense. A part bypass is a recipe for disaster for those villages not bypassed.

Anonymous said...

Take a bike with a trailer?

More seriously, even if you had to use your car on this occasion, I bet not all the other people had large items to buy, so they could have taken a bike. And if at other times you have been one of those who could have taken a bike, then you cannot really complain now...

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