Route Inspection: RR30 Thetford to Weeting

Today I went out to check on a section of route I hadn’t visited for a while: Regional Route 30 between Thetford and Weeting. The route itself was fine, though I needed to do a few sign repairs in Brandon. One sign on Woodcock Rise needed a clean, three signs were missing on DOwnham Way and St Benedict’s Road where the lamp-posts they had been attached to had been replaced by the Council, and there was one sign on a pipeline marker post on St Benedict’s Road that needed re-attaching.

   

There was also a missing sign in Weeting, for cyclists turning right out of Peppers Close onto Brandon Road. But I’ll need to go back to do that, as it needs a special “use cycle path” direction arrow. (The orignal — now missing — sign is shown below.)

New NCN Sign at Knettishall

Thanks to Suffolk County Council, the sign I’d previously requested and got agreement for at the Knettishall Cross-Roads was finally put up a few weeks ago. The new sign is at the junction of NCN Route 13 and RCN Route 30, and should help clear up any confusion at this hard-to-sign location.

 

Unfortunately we were never shown the final designs before the sign was put up, and the original sign was missing the Route 13 patches on the arm pointing towards Thetford. I’ve been able to correct that  reasonably well with the Sustrans stickers, although on one side the extra number isn’t technically in the right place. Also, the distances on the sign seem a bit short by my measuring, so I’m not sure how they were calculated.

Route Inspection: NR13 from Thetford to Harling Woods

I did a quick route inspection of National Route 13 between Thetford and the south end of Brigham Lane today. The vegetation on Green lane in Thetford is still a bit problematic and the curb issue I previously reported to the council hasn’t been fixed yet (vegetation report; curb report). Brigham Lane was still rather sandy in places, so will continue to be monitored.

Signing on Route 13

I’d previously noticed some missing signs on the Route 13 link between Thompson and Griston, where the traffic signs they’d been attached to had been replaced. So today I added three new self-adhesive signs and re-positioned a permanent sign where the route crosses the A1075.

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While out, I also spotted a missing sign on Route 13 just south of Merton, so I replaced that too (left photo below).

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A couple of the existing signs in Merton were overgrown (right photo above), and I’ll return to sort that out. I also think we could do with confirmation signs on the south edge of Watton. So that’s two jobs to go on my ‘To Do List’.

Route Inspection: NR13 from Thetford to Harling Woods

I did a quick route inspection of National Route 13 between Thetford and the south end of Brigham Road today. There were a couple of issues with encroaching vegetation and a step/curb on Green lane in Thetford.

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I cut back a few dangerous brambles and reported the other issues to Norfolk County Council (vegetation report; curb report). Everything else was ok, although a couple of signs could do with a clean next time I’m passing.

Norfolk Cycling and Walking Action Plan Consultation Response

I have now read through the draft Norfolk Cycling and Walking Action Plan, that Norfolk County Council are currently consulting on. There are some good points and bad points.

The targets to increase the levels of cycling and increase local expenditure are to be commended, as are the commitments to improve cycling networks and ensure cycling and walking infrastructure are designed in to new developments. However, the document is sadly lacking in specific plans for improvements. It would have been good to see either more plans for specific routes, or at least a commitment to set up working groups to develop such plans. The document also contains no clarity/commitment on where the resources will come from.

You can read my response in full.

Norfolk Cycling and Walking Action Plan Consultation

Norfolk County Council are currently consulting on a “Cycling and Walking Action Plan”. As they say

Norfolk can boast a wide array of walking and cycling initiatives and have great success in the past at developing our walking and cycling networks. We want to encourage people in Norfolk to travel more actively so we are developing a Cycling and Walking Action Plan. As well as joining up existing initiatives, we want our plan to inspire everyone in Norfolk to walk and cycle more.

To view the draft document and submit your comments, go to the consultation website at https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/norfolk-cycling-and-walking-action-plan/