Driver’s plea to end ‘chaos’ at King’s Lynn junction

Is this a taster of the traffic congestion this summer? Traffic chaos on the Hardwick Roundabout on Friday morning. ENGANL00120120817142652
Is this a taster of the traffic congestion this summer? Traffic chaos on the Hardwick Roundabout on Friday morning. ENGANL00120120817142652
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A driver has called for an end to the “chaos” that left him stuck in jams at a major Lynn road junction for an hour at the weekend.

Hundreds of motorists were caught up in the congestion on several routes around the town on Saturday, as temperatures soared in a brief glimpse of summer.

One of them, Trevor Allen, was taking his four-year-old grandson, Jacob, to Hunstanton from their home in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

But, instead of taking an hour to cover the whole journey, he said it had taken that time to negotiate the Hardwick roundabout on its own, while the whole journey took three hours to complete.

He suggested some of the problems may be caused by poor driving, but added: “I do think they could improve the Hardwick roundabout. It’s chaos.”

At times, traffic was backed up past the Pullover roundabout onto both the A47 and the A17.

Although the A47 Alliance, which is made up of politicians and business leaders, argued that the interchange should be treated as a priority for improvement works, it was not included in the programme of works given £300 million of government investment last year.

And concerns have also been raised that the jams will get even worse in the future if current proposals to build thousands of new homes around the Lynn area over the next decade are given the go-ahead.

Responsibility for maintaining the interchange, which links the A47 with the A10 and A149, lies with Highways England.

In a statement issued today, a spokesman said said they regularly monitored the area, but added: “Congestion at this location in normal conditions has not been identified as a significant issue , although we are aware it can get very busy at during holiday periods.”

The agency is also discussing proposed building projects with developers and Norfolk County Council to see how they may affect the junction.

But the spokesman said officials currently had “no cause for concern” on the issue.