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Norfolk Liberal Democrats call for better transport options for Norfolk

July 16, 2020 12:14 PM

Following the news that Norfolk County Council had resubmitted its bid to government for funding through the Transforming Cities Fund to create a number of public transport schems in Norwich.

Brian Watkins Group spokesperson said, "There was widespread disappointment that the Council's original submission received considerably less than expected funding that the Council wanted. Our hope is that a higher figure can be achieved through an amended submission but even a new higher figure will be considerably less than originally expected."

"The bid that was submitted was not as coherent as it could have been, and in some respects merely became a 'wish list of good ideas'. That problem remains as does the one that the submission doesn't give a clear priority to those schemes that are essential at bringing a change in transport behavior to ones that are more environmental and healthy options."

"What we must not forget is that our rural communities are crying out for a better deal. There needs to be connections to rural Norfolk so that everyone can travel across Norfolk, apart from by car, in a way that just isn't possible now."

"The longer this 'social deficiency' fails to be addressed, the more isolated those communities become and the greater the devastating effects will be on people's livelihoods and wellbeing."

Brian Watkins

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