By 2038 our transport system will be enhanced by a combination of infrastructure improvements and new technologies. Connectivity will improve both within Greater Norwich and to other parts of the country and beyond. This will include better rail services to London, Cambridge, Stansted, Milton Keynes, Oxford and the West, growth at Norwich International Airport and road improvements to the A11, A47, the Norwich Western Link and the A140.
Together these will provide greater travel choices and allow people to make the best use of evolving sustainable transport networks, particularly in the urban area. They will also continue to support Norwich’s role as the regional capital and improve access to our rural areas.
The coming decades will see significant changes in how much and how people travel. This plan will help to reduce the impact of travel both by concentrating activities close to centres of population and by assisting an increase in home and remote working. Combined with technological improvements including the addition of new and different transport infrastructure, emissions from transport consequently will be significantly reduced.
For journeys that are still needed there will be a radical shift away from the use of the private car, with many people walking, cycling or using clean public transport. This will be especially evident in the Norwich urban area and the main towns with safe, attractive and well-designed routes for pedestrians and cyclists and fast, frequent and reliable public transport services. Electric vehicles will predominate throughout Greater Norwich and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will become more commonplace, initially with taxis and shared demand responsive buses and ultimately for buses, deliveries and private vehicles.
In addition, the delivery of improved telecommunications, broadband and utilities infrastructure throughout the area will both support businesses development, home working, carbon reductions and access to services while also reducing transport emissions
Existing schools and health facilities will be expanded, and new facilities provided to serve growing communities, with greater use of technology to access some types of health care.