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Install a dual carriageway on the A149 to relieve traffic congestion in King's Lynn, Lynn News letters


By Lynn News Reporter


Despite changes to the roundabout layout it is frequently gridlocked. The A149 problem goes back decades when the A149 eastern bypass was constructed in 1965/66. At the planning stage it appears no consideration was taken into account for future increasing traffic levels. So it was built with three lanes and, in just a few years, it was reduced to a single lane north and south because of frequent traffic collisions.

Here was a missed opportunity. Instead of reducing the road, why wasn’t it expanded with just the addition of another lane making it a dual carriageway? Fortunately the southern by pass was planned with a dual carriageway in 1975.

The Hardwick roundabout has been a congestion problem for decades. Those responsible for it appear to be oblivious to the fact there are five main roads, A47 and A17 West, A47 East, A10 South, Hardwick Road, a large percentage of this traffic heading north for the A149.

Heavy Traffic heading to the Hardwick Roundabout from the Pullover Roundabout King's Lynn on Easter Saturday Morning. (10290126)
Heavy Traffic heading to the Hardwick Roundabout from the Pullover Roundabout King's Lynn on Easter Saturday Morning. (10290126)

On exiting the roundabout, traffic converges into two lanes then is funnelled into the single lane, and consequently queues back into the roundabout. Hence the daily congestion with complete gridlock of the roundabout in the summer months. Arguably the additional Jubilee roundabout has made the congestion worse.

I suggest the solution is dependent on the extra lane being added to the A149 to create a dual carriageway from the Hardwick to Knights Hill. Create three exit lanes from the Hardwick onto A149 heading North as far as the Jubilee roundabout. The lanes would accommodate traffic heading for Sainsbury’s and Hardwick Industrial Estate, Gaywood and the hospital, North Lynn Industrial Estate, the coast, B1145 and A148 towards Fakenham. Of course traffic heading south would also benefit from a dual carriageway

In the mid 1990s the A47 Tilney All Saints to the outskirts of Wisbech a dual carriageway with five village flyovers was constructed. I consider Lynn and West Norfolk has been neglected. When is the flyover for the Pullover roundabout at West Lynn the end of the A17 bypass going to be completed?

Thomas Eggett

Downham



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