Match day road closures near Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium set to become permanent
A ban on traffic near Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium at certain times on match days looks set to become permanent, after a successful trial period.
The ban was introduced to make it safer for supporters and members of the public on match days by prohibiting motorists from entering, travelling or waiting in nearby streets.
It was brought in after a number of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles outside the Carrow Road ground on match days in the first few months of the 2010/11 season involving injuries, assaults and vehicle damage.
The traffic regulation order closing the roads was first introduced for home matches against Leeds and Ipswich in late 2010.
Following the success of this initial trial it was decided to continue for the remainder of the season, and the order was again extended when Norwich were promoted to the Premier League.
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The Norwich Highways Agency Committee is meeting on Thursday to discuss the review of road closures and members are recommended to make the order permanent.
The costs associated with the road closures will be met by the football club.
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A report to the committee states that “the football club considers the closures work very effectively and do not see the need for any changes”.
The report adds that “officers are satisfied that the closures are being managed in such a way to effectively manage crowds while minimising the disruption to vehicles”.
It concludes: “While there remains no ideal solution to the problem of managing crowds on the highway in the area of an event, the innovative use of a traffic regulation order has provided a solution for Norwich.”
Kathy Blake, secretary of the Independent Norwich City Supporters Club, said: “I think it’s worked well and it’s sensible to make it permanent. I don’t think it’s been a big deal among supporters, and it has not inconvenienced people too much.
“Obviously there’s more attention on Norwich now that we are in the Premier League, and we’re getting bigger crowds.”
The order means that Carrow Road is closed 90 minutes before the match starts, and the ring road between King Street and Clarence Road is closed about five minutes before the end of the match. All closures are lifted as soon as the majority of the crowd has cleared the stadium area.
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