Norfolk Local Transport Plan and Rail Consultation
- By Elaine Bird
- 15 January 2020
- North-West Norfolk
The consultation for the Local Transport Plan opened on 13th January offering local people the chance to have their say on current and future priorities for transport provision in Norfolk.
The current plan was put in place in 2011 and since then, there have been many changes to the way in which people travel. As well as this, Norfolk County Council has recently adopted an environmental policy to work towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030. The new plan will make sure that Norfolk’s transport system continues to meet the county’s needs into the future.
As well as the Local Transport Plan, a second consultation began on 13th January on the Norfolk Rail Prospectus setting out Norfolk County Council’s requirements from rail to serve the needs of the county. The findings will be used in conversation with government, train companies, Network Rail and other stakeholders to get the best for the people and businesses of Norfolk.
The Local Transport Plan Consultation and the Norfolk Rail Prospectus will run for seven weeks from 9am Monday 13 January to 5pm 28 February 2020.
The Vision for Transport in Norfolk
A transport system that allows residents and visitors a range of low carbon options to meet their transport needs and attracts and retains business investment in the county.
Since the adoption of the current Local Transport Plan several schemes have been delivered, most notably the Broadland Northway (Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR)), A11 dualling and Norwich to London in 90 minutes rail services. There has also been a commitment to improvements and funding for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing, A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions, Blofield to Burlingham dualling, Thickthorn Roundabout and Easton to Tuddenham dualling. We have also made significant improvements to walking and cycling.
Why NCC is updating the LTP
- Key policy objectives, such as improvements to the A11 and building the Broadland Northway (NNDR), have been achieved
- New priorities have arisen such as Norwich Western Link, A140 Long Stratton Bypass, A10 West Winch Relief Road, Attleborough Link Road, and full dualling of the A47 including Tilney to East Winch and Acle Straight
- Priorities emerging from the new Norfolk County Council Environmental Policy
- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been established and there is an emergence of sub-national transport bodies. An up-to-date Local Transport Plan will set out the County Council’s position to inform and influence emerging strategies and plans
- There have been changes in economic, societal, technological, environmental, political and legal circumstances. We need to have a plan that is fit for the future
The draft aims and objectives of the new Local Transport Plan are:
- Well managed and maintained transport network
- Delivering a sustainable Norfolk
- Enhancing connectivity
- Enhancing Norfolk’s quality of life
- Improving transport safety
- Increasing accessibility
For further information, please go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/localtransportplan and www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolkrailprospectus