A call has been made for half a million pounds to be spent on trialling an experimental park-and-ride-style transport hub in rural Norfolk.

The opposition Liberal Democrat group at Norfolk County Council will propose the idea when the Conservative-controlled authority meets to set its budget.

The group has tabled an amendment to the budget to put £500,000 towards what it calls a hub and spoke pilot.

The idea is that such a hub - the location of which is yet to be decided - would be a focal point for buses, trains and other forms of transport, such as cycling, with parking spaces provided.

Eastern Daily Press: Brian Watkins, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Norfolk County CouncilBrian Watkins, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Norfolk County Council (Image: Jason Bye)

Brian Watkins, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: "It's about trying to create a more integrated public transport system by placing a park-and-ride-style car park in an out-of-town location.

"People could then drive a few miles to the hub which would take them to other towns across the county.

"This networked approach would transform Norfolk’s public transport network into an efficient and affordable service, furthermore, it would connect Norfolk’s rural communities and unlock the county’s full potential."

He said if the trial was a success, further hubs could be rolled out across the county.

The proposal comes as the future of Norwich's park and ride sites looks uncertain.

Eastern Daily Press: Thickthorn Park and Ride siteThickthorn Park and Ride site (Image: Archant)

Norfolk County Council has warned it could have to shut Postwick Park and Ride if usage does not pick up enough to prevent the authority needing to subsidise it, while a planned £2.8m extension to Thickthorn Park and Ride has been abandoned.

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The Lib Dems would also scrap the administration's controversial plan to reduce the minimum income guarantee for people with disabilities.

Eastern Daily Press: County Hall in NorwichCounty Hall in Norwich (Image: Simon Finlay)

They would hire two more officers to help clear a backlog in putting together plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities and for an extra officer to do more flood risk assessments.

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And they would create a £200,000 Cost of Giving pot, which unpaid carers and charities could apply for.

Andrew Jamieson, the council's cabinet member for finance, will respond to the proposals when the authority sets its budget - which includes £45m of cuts and savings - at Tuesday's meeting.