Greater Norwich has been awarded £6.1m by the Department for Transport in the first round of Transforming Cities funding.
Transport for Norwich put forward eight sustainable transport schemes and applied for a £7.3m contribution from the £60m pot. Of these, six were awarded money.
The funded projects include improvements to Norwich Bus Station, and better cycle and pedestrian facilities in selected areas of the city. There will also be a cycle share scheme in the city of Norwich.
Councillor Martin Wilby, chair of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, says: “This is a great start in our efforts to significantly improve public and sustainable transport in Greater Norwich.
“The Transport for Norwich partnership is committed to making the most of being part of the Transforming Cities shortlist and will now concentrate on putting together a programme of projects for the main funding application that will build on this initial success.
“Our aim is not only to make how we travel into and around the city better for everyone but to deliver the related benefits of an efficient sustainable transport network.”
Norwich was one of twelve cities given the opportunity to bid for funding. The Transforming Cities Fund aims to boost productivity and prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport.
Partners from Norfolk County, Norwich City, and Broadland District and South Norfolk councils will create proposals to realise the projects together.
Efforts will now focus on the second phase of funding, with the submission of outlined business cases due in the summer.