Work to tackle King’s Lynn retail park jams ‘to start next week’

Busy traffic scene  at the traffic light  Junction next to the Tesco petrol station Hardwick Road King's Lynn ANL-150604-081220009
Busy traffic scene at the traffic light Junction next to the Tesco petrol station Hardwick Road King's Lynn ANL-150604-081220009
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Work on plans to provide extra exit points from a Lynn shopping complex is expected to begin on Monday, it has emerged.

UBS, which owns the Hardwick Retail Park, obtained planning permission to revamp the layout of the site in a bid to ease traffic congestion last month.

And, earlier this week, the group was urged to begin the work quickly in order to help prevent disruption for shoppers in the run-up to Christmas.

Now, emails seen by the Lynn News show the main part of the project is expected to start on Monday, following some preparatory works this week.

And county councillor Alexandra Kemp, who has repeatedly called for action to resolve the problems in the area, said she had been told the work is expected to be completed by the end of November.

She said: “I hope it will solve the problem well before the start of the Christmas retail season.”

But she warned that she would revive her calls for a mini-roundabout at the main exit from the retail park if the new infrastructure proves to be insufficient.

Tesco, which owns the access road which leads to both its store and the retail park from the junction with Hardwick Road and Scania Way, has previously resisted such calls.

They have pointed to their provision of a second exit from the site via Campbells Meadow, which was developed during work on their larger store, as a means of addressing the congestion.

As first reported in the Lynn News on Tuesday, the new plans allow for an additional turning lane to be installed at the main exit from the retail park to give drivers the option of turning left, towards the Campbells Meadow exit, as well as right towards the traffic lights.

The existing access point next to Pizza Hut will be made two-way, with exiting vehicles only permitted to turn left, while a new exit point will be provided to the south of the unit housing Jollyes.

The plans also allow for a new link to enable cars to drive around the retail park’s parking area without leaving the site, new pavements, improved road markings and the narrowing of some parking spaces.

One extra parking space is proposed within the scheme, which the company says is intended to improve safety as well as reduce traffic queues.