Businessman urges speed limit review after rider badly hurt in King’s Lynn crash

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A Lynn businessman has called for a 20 mile per hour speed limit across the town after a cyclist was seriously hurt in a collision with a car.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the incident in Railway Road, close to the junctions with Albion Street and Wellesley Street on Tuesday morning, which caused widespread travel disruption.

The rider, a woman in her 30s, was airlifted to Addenbrookes’ hospital in Cambridge with serious head and pelvic injuries. She remained in a “serious, but stable” condition yesterday.

Although the cause of the crash is not yet known, police have indicated they do not believe speed was a factor.

But, following the incident, Ikon managing director Andrew Wilson has called for the town’s existing 20 mile per hour speed limit to be extended to cover most of the town, including the site of Tuesday’s crash.

Similar restrictions are already in place in the Tuesday and Saturday Market Places as well as King Street, Queen Street, Church Street in the town centre and Wisbech Road in South Lynn.

But Mr Wilson, managing director of Ikon, says the time has come for the issue to be reviewed.

He believes the 20 zone should be extended to cover the entire area from Loke Road to the Southgates roundabout and across to Dodmans Bridge, Gaywood.

He thinks that would combat many of the “near misses” he says he sees on a daily basis.

He said: “Living in the town centre, I have become more of a pedestrian.

“You see it on a day-to-day basis, people jumping blatant red lights, people speeding. It’s crazy. I just think now is the time for a 20 zone. That whole area has three schools, two pre-schools and lots of traffic lights.”

But Norfolk County Council says Railway Road is not suitable for a lower limit, because it is a main route through town.

A spokesman said: “Some areas of the town centre have been improved over recent years to reduce the dominance of cars such as South Quay and Tuesday Market Place, which have had a traffic calming effect.

“It would be areas such as these where 20mph may be more suited within King’s Lynn.

“The centre of King’s Lynn has previously been monitored for road safety initiatives and at present no unusual risks are identified that would require any new safety measures.”

Emergency services were called to the incident, which happened close to the northern exit from the town’s bus station, shortly after 11am on Tuesday.

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded as the interchange was closed to allow an air ambulance to land close to the scene.

The incident led to widespread travel disruption around the town centre and on bus routes across the area.