Problems caused by King’s Lynn roadworks are ‘easing’, says engineer

Major Road Roadworks at the Junction of North Street King's Lynn ANL-150701-081140009

Major Road Roadworks at the Junction of North Street King's Lynn ANL-150701-081140009

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Delays caused by major roadworks on one of the key routes into the centre of Lynn are easing, roads officials have said.

The project to build a new turning at the junction of John Kennedy Road and North Street, towards a new housing development on the site of the old Zoots nightclub, has entered its second week.

Drivers reported journeys taking up to three times as long as normal because of the works when they began last Tuesday.

And the work led to some calls for a park and ride system to be introduced to the town.

But, in his latest update of road projects, Norfolk County Council’s resident engineer, Quentin Brogdale, said: “The traffic delays that were experienced on the first day appear to have eased slightly.

“The lights are manually controlled all day to help varying traffic flows, although journey times will inevitably be higher than with permanent lights.”

As well as building the new road link, the project also includes the installation of utility connections to the development.

Mr Brogdale said a new water main had already been laid and gas pipelines will be installed this week.

Meanwhile, motorists have also been warned one lane of Railway Road will be closed during off-peak times this week, to enable work on the £1.6 million upgrade of Lynn’s bus station to continue. Officials say the closure will allow new footways to be installed.