Councillor’s Norwich jibe over King’s Lynn bus lane

Bus Route  Hardings Way  bollards left in the down position.'(The Boal Quay Entrance) ANL-141231-084353009
Bus Route Hardings Way bollards left in the down position.'(The Boal Quay Entrance) ANL-141231-084353009

A councillor has slammed road officials for failing to fix a problem with a Lynn bus lane almost six months after it first came to light.

The Lynn News first reported in January that bollards at each end of Hardings Way had been taken down so that buses without specialist communication equipment could still use it.

But, although Norfolk County Council says it hopes the issue will soon be resolved, local councillor Alexandra Kemp has described the wait as unacceptable.

And in an email to officers she said: “If this was in Norwich, it would have been repaired immediately.”

However, a Norfolk County Council spokesman said a set of the communication devices, known as transponders, which were delivered in April had proved to be faulty.

Replacements only arrived on Thursday and the spokesman added: “If suitable for the bus company, we’re hoping to start the testing and installation process this week.”

She said the latest delay had been caused by the authority approaching a new supplier who had been dealing with a backlog of orders.

Miss Kemp has welcomed the development, but warned: “We need a speedy result now.”

The bollards are designed to restrict use of the route, which links Wisbech Road and Boal Quay to buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The transponders enable the bollards to lower themselves automatically when a bus carrying them approach either end of the route.

There have also been calls in recent months for the road to be opened up to taxis, although opinion is divided.