Councillor says King’s Lynn’s air quality is improving as new action plan is backed

Bus Route  Hardings Way  bollards left in the down position.'(The Wisbech Road Entrance) ANL-141231-084415009
Bus Route Hardings Way bollards left in the down position.'(The Wisbech Road Entrance) ANL-141231-084415009
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Air quality standards are already improving in Lynn even before a new action plan on the issue comes into effect, councillors have heard.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s cabinet approved proposals to adopt a new air quality action plan for the town at a meeting on Tuesday.

The plan contains 20 points of action to be pursued, including improved public transport, traffic and parking management systems, better facilities for walkers and cyclists, possible electric car charging points and even junction re-designs.

Deputy leader Brian Long said some of the schemes in the document had already been implemented and were making a difference.

He added: “The air quality management areas (on London Road and round the Gaywood clock) have been getting gradually better in recent years.”

One of the more controversial parts of the plan is the suggestion that taxis and private hire vehicles should be allowed to use the Hardings Way bus lane, which is currently only open to buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

But Mr Long stressed further consultations would take place before any of the measures which have not yet been pursued are brought into effect.

He said: “The fact it’s included in the action plan doesn’t make any of the points a done deal.”

He admitted the environmental gain from such a move would be small, but said the area around Hardings Way would be better able to cope with the additional traffic.

He added that the plan would only be implemented over the medium to long term.

The meeting was also told that the production of a cycling map of the town, which has been proposed by cycling groups, could be included as the plan is developed further.