King’s Lynn traffic problems should ease from today, council chiefs say

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Traffic flow in Lynn town centre should begin improving from today, with the closure of Queen Street scheduled to be lifted this afternoon.

Motorists have been battling huge queues in King Street since Monday when the route was closed, shutting off South Quay as an exit from the town.

One motorist said: “It took me 40 minutes to get from one end of King Street to the other. It was a nightmare.

“Not realising Queen Street was closed off, other drivers were getting frustrated and turning around only to have to join back on the end of the queue.”

Queen Street was closed to allow for water and gas works before resurfacing.

Quentin Brogdale, Norfolk County Council’s resident engineer, said the work was deliberately planned to coincide with Saturday Market Place works to prevent the overall length of disruption in that part of the town centre.

He said: “Although it has meant slightly more disruption this week, when Saturday Market Place opens it will remain open.”

From this afternoon, motorists should be able to access Queen Street and College Lane and the two-way system at South Quay will be in place again until Saturday Market Place reopens to motorists. That is scheduled for Saturday, November 29, providing weather allows resurfacing to take place.

The road has been closed since August when a West Norfolk Council-led £650,000 refurbishment got under way. Work was delayed when the remains of an ancient charnel chapel were discovered.