£1 million King’s Lynn station access plan being developed

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A £1 million plan to improve walking links between Lynn’s bus and rail stations is set to go before political leaders within weeks, it has emerged.

Money secured as part of the planning consents for two major out-of-town supermarket developments is being used to fund the programme, though it is likely to be some time before the public gets the chance to have its say on the idea .

And senior West Norfolk figures have pledged that all available alternatives are being examined.

Alistair Beales, the authority’s cabinet member for regeneration, told last Thursday’s full council meeting: “There are a number of options, if you look at pedestrianising. Do you concentrate on traffic flow or pedestrian crossings?

“We’re working with our colleagues at county. I expect to have options to look at in the next two or three weeks.”

Responding to a question from Labour group deputy leader Andy Tyler, Mr Beales said provision for cyclists would also be examined as part of the project, while there may also be improvements to Railway Road.

He said: “That’s quite a difficult area, as you know, and I’m hopeful we’ll come forward with proposals that you can scrutinise in due course.”

Mr Tyler said the scheme sounded like a “very worthwhile project.”

The project is being financed by cash provided for in section 106 agreements for the Tesco and Sainsbury developments on the Hardwick estate.

A firm proposal is expected to be put to public consultation this spring.