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Liberal Democrats call for new transport Interchange at Thickthorn

February 19, 2020 4:00 PM

Thickthorn bus

Liberal Democrat Councillor Brian Watkins is calling for a new transport interchange at Thickthorn which would provide a better link between traffic using the A11/A47, the University of East Anglia and Norwich Research Park.

The Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council has criticised the lack of will and conviction in developing the region's rail infrastructure, and wants to see a bolder, more imaginative approach to bring about real change. The Council's current Rail Prospectus is insufficiently ambitious in supporting a transition to a low carbon future, and not enough is being done to respond to changing demographic needs. At a time when congestion on our roads has reached unprecedented levels, travelling by train should offer a green and environmentally friendly alternative to the car.

Councillor Watkins said, "We need to urgently improve connectivity between the different modes of transport. The Liberal Democrats strongly support the idea of transforming local railways stations into transport hubs and encouraging better integration with bus services and cycling and walking routes. That's just not happening at the moment. Creating hubs that brings this all together would help us start to address the cruel decline in rural bus services'. It also has enormous social, economic and communtiy benefits.

Councillor Watkins also supports rebuilding Trowse Swing Bridge into a double track bridge to allow Norwich to fully benefit from the likely increase in passenger movements on East-West rail. He adds 'We are missing out on big opportunities. All of this has economic consequences, and the ongoing uncertainty is damaging business confidence. It is time for politicians, business leaders and rail operators to step up to the plate, or else Norfolk will continue to be left behind.'

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Councillor Brian Watkins