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Plans for Victoria Road still in the pipeline

Victoria Road. Picture by Chris Morris
Victoria Road. Picture by Chris Morris

A scheme to help solve the long-running traffic problems in Diss is still at the design stage a year after funding was agreed, while data from the latest traffic survey has yet to be released.

Hopes were raised in January last year when it was announced that Norfolk County Council had allocated £650,000 for improvements to the A1066 Vinces Road junction and £250,000 for a new link road between Station Road and Nelson Road.

The plans included a new mini-roundabout but negotiations over the compulsory purchase of land have proven protracted.

In July, Norfolk County Council announced it was carrying out a new survey on traffic congestion along the A1066 following a recent meeting with county, district and town councillors, as well as businesses.

It said a new Diss improvement network strategy would be complete by the end of the year, but the data is still being processed.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “Data collection for the improvement network strategy is complete and analysis is well under way.

“Alongside traffic counts, we are looking into what can be done to help more people choose to walk and cycle around the town.

“We will be drawing together all the data to allow us to produce a plan to identify schemes to improve transport in the town and provide evidence to help decide how Diss should continue to grow sustainably into the future.

“While this work has been under way, we’ve continued to press on with a number of other schemes for the town, including improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on Victoria Road.

“We’re also very pleased to have secured funding for improvements at the Vinces Road junction and will be moving forward with that scheme as soon as possible.”

The money being invested in Diss’ roads forms part of an extra £20 million which is being spent on Norfolk’s roads over the next four years.

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