Park and ride call for King’s Lynn

Major Road hold ups caused by Roadworks, this picture at the Junction of Loke Road King's Lynn ANL-150701-081151009
Major Road hold ups caused by Roadworks, this picture at the Junction of Loke Road King's Lynn ANL-150701-081151009
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Roadworks in Lynn brought parts of the town to a near standstill earlier this week, prompting one councillor to call for a park and ride scheme to be introduced.

Some drivers reported a normal 20 minute journey taking up to an hour on Tuesday when work started to create a crossroads at the existing T-junction at North Road and John Kennedy Way junction.

The busy junction is being expanded to accommodate the housing development at the former Zoots and Pilot Cinema site and is due to taken 10 weeks.

Quentin Brogdale, Norfolk County Council resident engineer, has apologised to drivers but hopes to ease the problems by adjusting temporary lights after monitoring traffic flows via the town’s CCTV system.

He said: “We are sorry about the disruption travellers have been facing at the start of these works. Tuesday was the first day of restrictions, so we are hoping that disruption will reduce as people adapt their journeys and the traffic signal control is refined.

“To construct the works we need to remove the existing signals and erect temporary three-way lights as the number of existing lanes will need to be reduced.

“Three-way lights are always more difficult, but we are using the CCTV system in the town to monitor traffic approaching the junction and have someone on site all day to adjust the lights to suit traffic flows.

“The scheme is largely developer funded by Victory Housing as part of their development of the old Zoots nightclub site, and will see the existing T-junction becoming a crossroads, with new traffic signals installed.

“New utility supplies, and diversions of existing underground electric and telephone cables, will also be included in this project.

“A controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided. We expect the scheme to take around 10 weeks, finishing mid-March.”

David Collis, a Norfolk County and West Norfolk councillor for the area, has suggested a park and ride might be a solution and that people have to use the town centre to get to work.

He said: “In Lynn, it is extremely difficult to do any work and not interfere with the traffic.

“For a very long period of time, we have looked at possible alternatives and it may be that we have got to start to think again about a park and ride facility to overcome something like this.

“The reason I say that is because we do seem to be having these problems on a much more frequent basis.”

But town centre partnership chairman Darren Taylor says a park and ride system may not be the best solution.

He said: “There would need to be a full analysis to check if there really is demand for it. Park and ride schemes are not a cheap thing to do.”