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Plans submitted for £1.2 million King’s Lynn bus station revamp

How Lynn bus station could look

How Lynn bus station could look

Plans have been submitted for a £1.2 million scheme to give Lynn Bus Station a make-over.

West Norfolk Council wants to replace the shelters with a canopies and to refurbish the toilets and information desk.

Improved pedestrian links and bus lay-bys at the town’s railway station are also included in the project.

The bus station could also become a smoke-free zone.

Work is being funded by cash from Sainsbury’s and Tesco and aims to mitigate the impact of out-of-town shopping developments by providing attractive arrival points to the town.

Plans were unveiled in June and have been tweaked following a public consultation.

Key issues raised in the public consultation were: designating the station as smoke-free zone, appropriate location for cycle racks and smoother materials to help disabled people. Residents’ parking scheme and parking along with access arrangements for Waterloo Street were also highlighted.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said: “Eighty per cent of people responding to the proposals for the enhancement works to the bus station and the links between the railway station and the town centre were in support of the scheme, which is a really pleasing result.

“We have taken comments into account and made some minor amendments to the proposals but no major changes were required based on the feedback we received.

“I am delighted that we have now been able to submit the planning application as this is the next step in this exciting project. Once planning permission is in place, it is hoped that work could start on site as early as the end of September to the bus station with the wider area to follow in the New Year.”

A planning application for the scheme was lodged with the borough council last week.

The project will also include increased space in front of the bus station office to relieve congestion at peak times, new cycle storage racks, seating and bins.

North bound bus services will be able to use a new exit onto Albion Street and Railway Road.

Increasing the arrival bays from one to two and reducing the number of layover spots.

The footpath along Old Market Street will be widened to provide greater pedestrian and cycle links with the railway station.

Waterloo Street will be changed to access only for residents to reduce traffic and make it safer.

The bus lay-by at the railway station will widened and the pedestrian crossing at Blackfriars Road and Railway Road will be improved.

The works will be funded by £1 million from the supermarkets along with £200,000 from Norfolk County Council.

A county spokesman said: “The feedback from the consultation has helped shape the changes proposed to the road layout and a further consultation plan will shortly be sent out to frontage properties detailing this element of the scheme and in advance of the Traffic Regulation Orders being advertised on site. Works to the highway are currently planned to commence early in the new year”.

The scheme has received good response from organisations in the town.

Lynn Civic Society chairman Alison Gifford likes the scheme. She said: “What we like is the care they have taken to match the rendering to the colours of the museum. The scheme can never be wonderful as they are dealing with pretty ugly buildings but we like the design as it has been well thought through.

“The Civic Society is very keen to see the gateways to Lynn improved. We would love to see the South Gates area improved.”

Trader Andrew Wilson, who runs Ikon in New Conduit Street, has welcomed the proposals for Albion Street. He said: “There is a lot of good going on in the town.

“Any investment in the town’s infrastructure can only be a good thing.”

 

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