Norfolk hits top spot for second year running in road and transport survey

Norfolk hits top spot for second year running in road and transport survey

For the second year running Norfolk has come first among its peers in a national highways and transport survey.

Over the summer 3,300 people in Norfolk were asked for their views on topics such as road safety, highway maintenance, congestion and public transport as part of the National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey 2020.

The results are ranked against other participating councils from across the country to give a nationwide picture of how Norfolk is performing.

Out of the 29 county councils and larger unitary authorities in the peer group, Norfolk secured the top spot for overall satisfaction and saw the highest above average scores in both satisfaction with ‘traffic levels and congestion’ and ‘condition of highways’.

Search for names as new gritters prepare to keep roads safe this winter

Search for names as seven new high-tech gritters prepare to keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter

Seven new high-tech gritting vehicles will be helping keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter, and Norfolk County Council has launched a competition to find seven creative names from Norfolk school children.

The seven new vehicles are being rolled out this winter as part of Norfolk County Council’s plans to update and replace its fleet of gritters. Over the winter months Norse highways crews are available every day to grit 49 routes that cover more than 2,200 treated miles across Norfolk.

Beryl Bikes free ride initiative extend to help essential journeys

Beryl Bike Holding Image

Norfolk County Council and Norwich’s micromobility provider Beryl have bolstered and extended their free ride initiative to keep the city moving during the lockdown.

Having commenced in November, Norfolk County Council and Beryl offer 30 minutes free on Beryl pedal bikes and 15 minutes free on the Beryl e-Bikes between 7.30-9.30am as well as 3-4.30pm.

The extension of this initiative will allow students and essential workers to continue traveling in a safe and sustainable way.

Hundreds of Beryl Bikes have been hired out each week since the beginning of the free-ride initiative in mid-September, and it’s hoped the extension will inspire those across the city to take part in Norwich’s green recovery, that will also help to ease the burden on other public transport.

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Beryl e-Scooters rolled out across Norwich

Beryl e-Scooters rolled out across Norwich

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure has welcomed the roll out of Beryl e-Scooters across Norwich.

As part of the agreed 12-month trial with Norfolk County Council and the Department of Transport (DfT), Beryl will slowly introduce up to 100 e-Scooters available for hire alongside their existing bicycles and e-Bikes through the free to download Beryl App.

The introduction of the Beryl e-Scooter will see Norwich become the first city in the UK to have access to a three-tiered vehicle scheme, allowing residents and visitors to the area a chance to take safe, affordable and connected journeys in a range of ways. During the trial period, e-Scooter riders will be required to provide a valid UK Driving License to participate and asked to provide feedback on their experiences to inform central government.

Beryl e-Scooters can be used on roads, cycle lanes, carriageways and other areas where cycling is permitted but not on pavements. Every Beryl e-Scooter has vehicle approval from the DfT, ensuring it meets the highest safety standards.

Councillor Wilby, said: “I am delighted to see the first e-scooters arrive on the streets of Norwich, bringing further sustainable transport options to an even wider range of people and supporting our shared aims to reduce pollution and congestion across the city.”

 “It’s important to note that while this is a government-backed trial, it is still illegal to use privately owned e-scooters on the highway. Safety will be of paramount importance, which is why we are introducing the scooters gradually, in a controlled manner. We’ve already put a number of measures in place and will be working closely with the police and key local stakeholders to ensure their use is appropriate and does not impact negatively on the wider community.”