Draft plan revealed to clean King’s Lynn’s air

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Draft proposals for improving air quality around Lynn will go before councillors for the first time next week.

Air quality management areas are already in place in two locations – the town centre and around the Gaywood clock – where levels of nitrogen dioxide are known to exceed recommended safe levels.

And a range of measures including possible changes to road layouts, greater use of a bus only lane and a renewed effort to encourage people not to use their cars are being looked at.

They are among 20 areas in a draft air quality action plan, which will be examined by the borough council’s environment, regeneration and community panel at a meeting next Wednesday, July 23, ahead of a public consultation.

The report says: “We are aiming to reduce air pollution to levels that do not cause a risk to human health.

“If we can reduce air pollution to below the air quality objectives the rewards include improved human health, reduced health costs and a healthier, more productive environment.

“These benefits will result in a better place to live and work and King’s Lynn in particular will be a more attractive destination for visitors.”

Officials say the plan is primarily focused on issues relating to road transport because most of the nitrogen dioxide found in the town comes from motor vehicles.

The report reveals that ways of reducing congestion on London Road and around the Gaywood clock are already being investigated, altering priorities and junctions or the locations and timings of traffic signals.

Sites where the road layout could be changed to improve traffic flows are also being examined, while the bus-only Hardings Way, which links South Lynn to the town centre at Boal Quay, could be opened up to taxis.

The report also envisages continuing support for the Lynn pedestrian ferry, in a bid to encourage more people travelling into Lynn from the west to “park and sail” from West Lynn.

Residents-only parking could be introduced in the town centre in a bid to stop commuters seeking free parking space and increasing hold-ups, while an idea for varying short-term and long-term parking charges has also been put forward.

Businesses would be encouraged to develop their own travel plans, promoting walking, cycling and public trasnport, while public transport operators are being given the chance to enter “quality bus partnerships” which encouage the use of low emission vehicles.

Following next week’s meeting, the plan will go before the council’s cabinet on July 29 and a public consultation is set to take place during August and September.

Final proposals are expected to be drawn up by November, once public comments have been reviewed and the plan could be adopted as early as December.