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Town council launches new £61,000 bid to tackle traffic gridlock

PUBLISHED: 12:09 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:22 17 February 2017

A typically busy scene at Tavern Lane in Dereham. Picture: ARCHANT.

A typically busy scene at Tavern Lane in Dereham. Picture: ARCHANT.

Town councillors have agreed to invest £61,000 in a fresh bid to tackle traffic gridlock in Dereham.

At Dereham Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday evening, councillors voted unanimously in favour of commissioning its own transport study for the town.

The move was in reaction to growing concerns in Dereham that the gridlock faced by motorists in Dereham on a daily basis will become even worse in future years due to population growth and little is being done to address the problems.

A recent transport study, commissioned by Breckland Council, estimates that traffic could increase in the town by 30pc by 2035.

Town councillors and residents felt this study lacked detail and did not go far enough in its proposals to mitigate the problems.

Dereham deputy mayor Hilary Bushell said: “We were in unanimous agreement that we need to go ahead with this.

“This is a significant investment for the town council but we would be failing in our duty to the people of Dereham if we did not move forward with this.

“The information which comes out of this study will never be lost.

“It will form part of our Neighbourhood Plan and will always be there to provide evidence when new housing developments come forward.

“It is very important to make sure this evidence is there before we say yes or no on these ad hoc developments.

“We are trying to work with Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council for the good of the people of Dereham.”

Dereham Town Council had requested to Breckland Council that the scope and methodology of its Dereham Transport Study be extended to provide evidence in relation to the weekend peak hour transport patterns, to comprehensively evidence the existing traffic situation in the town, and to better assess the proposed development options in the area.

Town councillors believe the Dereham Transport Study does not adequately reflect the existing situation, nor does it robustly consider the future situation.

The town council will be working closely with Norfolk County Council to ensure that its study is fit for purpose.

7 comments

  • £61,000 to tackle future gridlock in Dereham? Puh, that's nothing – Norwich City Council are spending many, many times that to PROMOTE gridlock in and around the City.

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    barrenelly

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Shouldn't this have been done BEFORE they allowed Lidl, Aldi and MacDonalds to be built on the same road as Tesco's? Does it really take £61,000 to do a study - it is all very well saying it will be there for the future as part of the Neighbourhood plan, but it will only be any good if the council take notice and act on their findings.

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    Lorraine

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Ted…I live in a Cul-De-Sac in North Norfolk with 25 houses on the street 7 of them have no cars, 11 have 1 car and 7 have 2 cars which is an average of 1 per household. Dereham with the predicted 30% increase in the said 18 years’ (2035) would make Dereham 1.43 cars per household, and improving the roads now would counteract that increase in respect of congestion.

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    CommonSence

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Ted…not sure that you are understanding this..! They are predicting this increase that’s why they are doing something about it now to avoid it. BTW your figures are wrong on cars per household, at the last Census it was 2 per household in the whole of the UK…..…but Dereham was only 1.1 cars per household, and towards Fakenham and north Norfolk it was less than 1 per household.

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    CommonSence

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • It would help if the traffic at the A1075 junction was allowed to go in the Tesco roundabout direction without waiting for the lights to change for the traffic turning onto the A1075. It's most frustrating seeing green traffic lights ahead and no traffic, then when the lights change everything in front of you goes red. This only allows about 10 cars through at a time causing the queue back into town and back to Morrison's!

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    Richard Woods

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Will the Council Tax be increased to pay for it ?

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    The Wisp

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • the only way to avoid the future grid lock in dereham will be to avoid dereham. all these new large scale developments will no doubt increase traffic by on average 2 cars per home built.

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    ted

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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