Weight limit plan aims to tackle King’s Lynn lorry problem

A new weight limit may stop lorries using Tennyson Avenue, Lynn, as a shortcut
A new weight limit may stop lorries using Tennyson Avenue, Lynn, as a shortcut
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Proposals for a new weight limit on two North Lynn roads will help to protect residents across large parts of the town, a councillor has claimed.

Last month, residents and community leaders demanded action to stop large lorries from using Vancouver Avenue, Tennyson Road and Tennyson Avenue.

They claimed the vehicles were too big for the roads and there had been repeated cases of homes and property being damaged in collisions.

Now, county traffic officials have announced plans to prevent vehicles larger than 7.5 tonnes from using Loke Road and Columbia Way in North Lynn.

The measures, which are currently open for public comment, would affect the entire length of Loke Road, between the junctions with John Kennedy Road and Gaywood Road.

The restriction would also cover the section of Columbia Way between Loke Road and Greenpark Avenue if it is implemented.

County councillor Alexandra Kemp, whose Clenchwarton and Lynn South division includes Vancouver Avenue, has welcomed the measure, even though she previously called for the restriction to be implemented along the whole of the affected route.

She said: “The weight restriction could really benefit residents.

“The message to go out to all lorry firms is please, please use the North Lynn bypass, Edward Benefer Way from the docks out of town and don’t take the shortcut through Loke Road.

“Lynn’s Victorian terraces just can’t take the strain of today’s traffic.”

The measure has been formally proposed just weeks after residents lobbied Norfolk Police chief constable Simon Bailey for action on the issue during a meeting at Lynn’s town hall.

Comments on the new proposal should be emailed to trafficorders@norfolk.gov.uk by March 11.

Submissions can also be posted to the Department of Legal Services, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH by the same date, marked for the attention of Ms F Khan-Lodhi.