Long before Harding’s Way was ‘modified’ for use by buses, its potential as a route into town for general traffic had been established.
Under plans for the marina at Boal Quay and they are only on the back burner, remember
traffic was to be brought along Harding¹s Way from both north and south, truncating at the marina portal, never, ever, residents were assured, to become a through route.
Then the bus only modification was made and the gleam grew in the eyes of the route¹s promoters.
They were baulked by the ‘pinch point’ where the
flood-bank belonging to the Environment Agency meets that of one or more private owners resulting in a single-lane blind bend.
There was, and is, also a question over whether the Nar sluice can withstand the effect of sustained traffic.
Now ‘air pollution’ has been brought into play and with it the suggestion that allowing taxis and private hire vehicles to use Harding’s Way will help
solve the undoubted problem in London Road. If this is goes ahead how long will it be before air pollution will result in a far wider range of general traffic using this route?
Everything that Rob Archer says on the subject (Letters, March 31) is pertinent and correct.
Air quality is not improved by moving traffic from one part of the town to another. This is especially so as
Harding’s Way is adjacent to the Friars, a dense centre of population, and very close to London Road where air quality is so poor and thus the
prevailing wind from the south west will bring all the emissions directly to
this area. Doubtless expert knowledge can be assembled to prove this will not be the case, just as it was when fears were raised that pollution from the incinerator would be blown across Lynn and on to Sandringham beyond.
Addressing air quality needs far more draconian measures than diverting taxis to Harding’s Way .
One, as Rob states, would
be park and ride schemes, for which Lynn is ideally suited with rail lines coming directly into the town from south and east and empty land on which to park at the perimeter.
One further question.
How is the blind pinch point where there is barely room for single-lane traffic going to be addressed? Traffic lights perhaps? where idling traffic will send up yet more air pollution.
Queen Street, Lynn