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King's Lynn bypass needs an upgrade, says report

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A report to county councillors this week agrees that an upgrade is needed for the under-pressure Lynn bypass.

The Draft Norfolk Strategic Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2021 is being considered by the Infrastructure and Delivery Select Committee on Wednesday.

This looks at what needs to be done in Norfolk to meet its transport and other needs in coming years.

Traffic Build up on main costal road A 149 coming from Hunstanton direction towards King’s Lynn. (53049757)
Traffic Build up on main costal road A 149 coming from Hunstanton direction towards King’s Lynn. (53049757)

It lists the A149 King's Lynn bypass as one of the "bubbling under" projects, which could graduate to the main section of the plan as they become more developed in the future.

It explains: "This route is subject to extensive queuing and delays. Some pre-feasibility work has been carried out into more extensive local widening improvements on the southern section of the route between the hospital and the Hardwick junction with the A47.

"A key finding from that work is that traffic flows are currently about 38,000 vehicles per day. If a new road was being planned to accommodate this level of traffic it would need to be of a dual carriageway standard.

"This illustrates the inadequacy of the current road.

"Improvements to the road could also provide an opportunity to bring forward a complementary package of active travel and public transport measures across the town. Governments Large Local Major (LLM) scheme funding pot potentially offers an appropriate funding stream if it were an agreed priority for the region."

On funding for this it says: "Further work is now required on an A149 King’s Lynn bypass and complementary package to undertake pre business case feasibility work, so the council is in a position to undertake a formal Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) when the next opportunity arise."

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