Work suspended to remove track from former King’s Lynn railway

Former Railway Crossing into King's Lynn Docks, near North Street ANL-150104-163001009

Former Railway Crossing into King's Lynn Docks, near North Street ANL-150104-163001009

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Work to remove rail track from a Lynn town centre road did not go ahead as advertising signs were not put out in time.

Network Rail is looking to remove the disused rail track from John Kennedy Road after receiving complaints about damage to vehicles.

The work was due to go ahead on March 29 but this was suspended after advisory advertisements for motorists were not put out in time. The work is being re-programmed into contractors’ schedules.

The section of track to be removed was the former level crossing for the old railway which was linked to the docks.

But it is still classed officially as a network line, which Network Rail have a responsibility to maintain.

A spokesman said the rail and surfacing have been causing potholes, which create problems for cyclists and motorists.

He said: “We were getting complaints about the condition of the surfacing around the track from road users.

“The plan is to cut out the rail and surface back to the gates.

“We are also planning to make the former level crossing look nicer.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the works have to cause as little disruption as possible.

He said: “Network Rail is proposing to remove rail track on John Kennedy Road. The track is owned by them and as such we grant them the right to access, maintain or remove the track.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that their work causes the least disruption possible on the road network, and to nearby properties.”

The former railway was established in the 19th century to help Lynn compete with other ports by efficiently loading and unloading freight.

A docks and railway firm was established in 1865 with Alexandra Dock completed four years later.

The rail link was added in 1870 and 500 ships were reported to be using the dock by 1876.

Bentick Dock was built in 1883 with a rail link and warehouses.

But rail freight began to decline in the 20th century with the arrival of lorries capable of carrying heavy loads.

During its history Lynn’s docks, which are now run by Associated British Ports, have seen loads of corn, coal and timber.

Engineering firm, Savage’s of Lynn, also used the docks to transport their fairground rides.