King’s Lynn roundabout worries

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Corrections may be made to road markings on Hardwick Roundabout at the end of October after Lynn drivers raised concerns over a “confusing” change to the lanes.

Drivers wrote to the Lynn News following their discovery of changes to the road markings of the three lanes beneath the flyover, affecting those travelling towards the A149.

Lucy Sharp, of Shernborne, near Dersingham, wrote in with concerns over the “traffic chaos” following the overnight resurfacing of the roundabout that has taken place over the last few weeks.

She said: “It would seem it is impossible for the Highways Agency to repaint the same road markings that they ripped up the night before.

“At the traffic lights, the left lane on the roundabout clearly states A47 and A149, but the lane markings now appear to pin you to the A47.”

She added: “The middle lane is signposted King’s Lynn but whereas before it allowed you to filter off for the A149 or towards Lynn, now it almost traps you into going on the A149 as a result of these new incorrect road markings.”

Other drivers have also found the problem to be when they are in the middle lane but when they are trying to filter off towards Lynn’s town centre.

Here the left hand lane goes straight on towards the A149 and does not allow for cars to pass through.

Paul Jenkins, of West Winch, had a close call with another driver last week after the pair followed the road markings as they are displayed on the road.

He said: “I had somebody nearly drive into me, I was in the middle lane and trying to get to Sainsbury’s, and a car in the left lane was going straight on.

“These new road markings must have been done in the last week or so. They are an accident waiting to happen.”

He added: “When I called the Highways Agency to complain, the guy didn’t even know where the A10 was.”

Lucy Sharp said: “I am intrigued to know how the residents of Lynn feel on the subject as it drives me to distraction.

“I am sure it is only a matter of time until a serious accident occurs, but something really needs to be done about it before it is too late.”

The Highways Agency have been alerted to the problem by various drivers and are looking into the problem.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues with the road markings in King’s Lynn at the Hardwick roundabout.

“We’re assessing the situation and if they need correcting this will be done by the end of the month.”