King's Lynn's Hardings Way is a ‘money pit’, Lynn News letters
What a waste of taxpayers' money and what an extremely poor start to 2020 that would be. I now have the missing documents of the CIF2 funding agreement, which only recently came to light.
It really is a significant flaw and failing of the workings of County Hall, that this important funding agreement that Norfolk signed up to, for so much public money, were not kept and never put before the committee that made the traffic orders. This is not the way that the upper tier of local authority should work.
When the Government gave £5.3 million for traffic schemes to alleviate congestion and speed up the buses into Lynn’s town centre, the terms were that the money could be repayable if anything was done to affect the outputs.
Putting traffic on Hardings Way certainly would affect the outputs. Buses would be slowed down. Hardings Way speeds up bus times by at least four minutes for public transport from the west of the borough. This has a big impact on bus timetables and commercial viability.
The borough’s first new year’s resolution needs to be make the Lynn transport plan meaningful and run deep score lines through all ideas of routing traffic into the town through Hardings Way or of building along it, and to put its weight behind increasing the frequency of the 505 bus back to three times an hour.
Norfolk’s first New Year’s resolution needs to be proactive as a transport authority, put its weight behind increasing and speeding up public transport in Lynn, not slowing it down, and rescind the Hardings Way traffic orders which it should never have made, and take back responsibility for supporting the West Lynn ferry.
County set up a special committee for transport for Norwich. What about helping Lynn?
I cannot stress how much Norfolk needs to tear up all its current plans to allow 300 houses on the A10 before the West Winch bypass. Instead, routing traffic, including the holiday traffic, off the A10, and traffic-calming the A10 through West Winch and Setchey as a village road, is the only way forward for a road with 19,000 vehicles a day.
Listening, being practical, and making evidence-based policy must be high on the New Year’s resolutions list for both councils.
Independent county councillor, Clenchwarton and King’s Lynn South