Improvements to be made at slip road of Lynn hospital

Mayor's Business Awards - The annual West Norfolk Mayor's Business Awards at King's Lynn Corn Exchange in association with the Lynn News. Mayor of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Cllr Elizabeth Watson ANL-141003-112519001
Mayor's Business Awards - The annual West Norfolk Mayor's Business Awards at King's Lynn Corn Exchange in association with the Lynn News. Mayor of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Cllr Elizabeth Watson ANL-141003-112519001

Improvements are set to be made to a slip road designed to ease traffic congestion at a busy Lynn junction in response to safety concerns.

Details of work on the slip road of the hospital roundabout, which feeds traffic straight onto the A149 from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, were outlined during a presentation to councillors on Wednesday evening.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s regeneration and development panel raised concerns about poor visibility for motorists using the link during a presentation by Norfolk County Council’s resident engineer, Quentin Brogdale.

He said: “We are going to go back and tweak it slightly so you’re going to have a better angle. You’re not alone in that.”

The meeting was told that an upgrade of the traffic lights is planned for the junction of Gaywood Road and Loke Road.

And Mr Brogdale also pledged to look into concerns raised about the lack of co-ordination between some bus and rail services in Lynn, despite the investment made to revamp the town’s bus station and its links to the nearby railway station.

Particular concerns were raised over the scheduling of the Coasthopper service from Lynn to Hunstanton relating to ongoing train services to Cambridge and London.

Committee member Elizabeth Watson said the journeys now overlapped each other by several minutes at each end.

She added: “It’s adding an hour to people’s journeys at each end and it’s causing a lot of upset.”

Mr Brogdale said the matter would be investigated, adding: “Coasthopper is a bit disappointing given we’ve spent a lot of money on the transport interchange to link things together.”

Earlier this month, Lynx, a rival bus operator to Stagecoach which operates the Coasthopper, announced its intention to launch a new direct service from Hunstanton and Heacham to Lynn, which it said would be timed to coincide with the train timetable.

They intend to start operating the 36 service in late March.