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West Winch needs a bypass now, Lynn News letters

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Could this be because West Winch residents are under the impression that we are somehow going to get the long awaited bypass as part of the new development?

The word bypass has always cropped up at presentations and it is included again in the Norfolk County Council’s own description of the proposed new housing access road: “This new road would provide additional highway capacity and enable strategic through traffic on the A10 to bypass the village of West Winch where it encounters delays and hinders egress from the side roads.”

What this description actually means, however, is that if you are driving towards Lynn on the A10 and you find the road ahead to be obstructed, it will be possible for you to turn off the main road and use the new access road to bypass that particular problem!

West Winch village sign. (31353171)
West Winch village sign. (31353171)

It does not mean that the new road will act as a proper bypass for West Winch. The existing A10 will still remain as the principal route and all heavy and moving traffic will still drive straight through the middle of West Winch village.

Furthermore, if the housing access road does go ahead as is now proposed, there will never be a proper bypass. There won’t then be enough land left to build one on. There is still time to look again at these proposals.

A proper bypass would allow the A10 to be diverted to the eastern side of West Winch (and Setchey?) and leave the present length of A10 within the West Winch area as a downgraded road.

This would provide huge amounts of building land within the bypass boundary and the village(s) could then be expanded from the centre(s) outwards in a properly integrated way.

Anthony Lynn,

West Winch

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