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King's Lynn transport strategy should aim at decreasing motor vehicle use, Lynn News letters

By Lynn News Reporter

On Tuesday, September 24, West Norfolk Council held an event to explain its transport strategy. This includes changes to roundabouts, traffic lights and encouraging private bus companies.

In the short term these changes may make some journeys easier. The huge downside is that they may also encourage motor vehicle use. Missing was how to make Lynn a liveable place for our children and grandchildren.

“Unimaginative and lacking in vision” was how one member of the small audience neatly summed up the strategy. Ideas to decrease car use came from the audience.

Traffic around Lynn's Hardwick Roundabout.
Traffic around Lynn's Hardwick Roundabout.

These ranged from subsidised bus routes, urgent improved access to the ferry, park and ride and a cycle bridge over the Ouse. Also adding to and extending the existing disjointed cycle routes to make safe routes into town from any direction.

Parts of West Winch are as close to the town n centre as the Woottons, but there is no safe cycle route. Hardings Way South, now a bus and cycle route, is an example to keep and copy.

As much as I, a car driver, may not like it, Lynn needs more such strategies aimed at decreasing motor vehicle use. Most of Lynn is below sea level. Each day there is new evidence from scientists about the harmcarbon emissions are doing.

Last week Prince Harry described the evidence for climate change as undeniable. Please take acount of the climate emergency. Implement transport plans that make a difference. Give the next generation reasons to thank you.

Jenny Walker


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