Norwich has been granted £32 million in Government funding to overhaul its local transport links and change how residents use and access the city.
The money, from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), will go towards a new bus interchange at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to tackle congestion, improvements to cycle and pedestrian crossing facilities on Boundary Road and a redesign of the Heartsease roundabout to improve bus services and cyclist and pedestrian use of the junction.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “The Transforming Cities Fund allows cities across the UK to enhance their local transport networks.
"This multi-million-pound funding package will make a real difference to the everyday lives of Norwich’s residents, helping people access jobs and services.”
The TCF was set up to build on transport links and boost local economies within city regions, and the Government hopes that the funding package will help Norwich bounce back from the economic impact of coronavirus.
Norfolk County Council said that the funding had given city bus operator, First Eastern Counties, the confidence to invest £18m in its fleet and local services.
Councillor 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.”