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Bike routes for King's Lynn considered

A series of cycling and walking routes proposed for Lynn drew mixed reactions from councillors at Tuesday's West Norfolk Council regeneration and development panel.

It was receiving an update on the Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which proposes a series of routes around the town.

There is a 5.5km route from the town centre to Clenchwarton, a 6.5km route to North Lynn from the bus station, a 5.3km path to West Winch, 5.3km route to The Woottons, a route between the Hardwick Industrial Estate and the Fairstead and a path between KES and the QEH.

Cycling 1 (48036150)
Cycling 1 (48036150)

There is also a walking zone proposed for the town centre and there is a possible wider network of cycle paths out to Grimston, Gayton, Watlington and Sutton Bridge.

The report from Matt Haywood, an officer with Norfolk County Council, explained the numerous pieces of work that would need to be done to accomodate these routes.

Lesley Bambridge was concerned how any cycle path could be put along Austin Street in Lynn. She said it was too narrow and would be "very dangerous". Two houses were boarded up after being hit for the fifth time by a vehicle.

She was also concerned about e-scooters. She said: "Why do we have to have e-scooters? I saw a man going along North Street towards Loke Road and he had a child standing on the scooter with him.

Ben Jones thought more should have been done to engage with Lynn bike rider groups. "Surely that was the most sensible place to start as they are the ones who most regularly use them."

He said he did not think the North Lynn route should go up Bawsey Drain but rather stay on Edward Benefer Way.

Mr Haywood said King's Lynn BUG (Bike User Group) had been consulted.

Judith Collingham said there had been some "really interesting comments". She said: "The whole thing about active travel is to integrate it properly with bus hubs. It is vital for the town overall."

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