Norfolk County Council – Trial announced of new traffic calming measures




Trial announced to tackle traffic congestion on London Road, King’s Lynn

Norfolk County Council is to make changes to one of the main routes into and out of King’s Lynn town centre in an attempt to tackle traffic congestion.

London Road (A148) links the town centre with the five-armed Southgates Roundabout south of King’s Lynn and queuing traffic, particularly on the carriageway heading out of town near the junction with Valingers Road, has become an increasingly common sight in recent years.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk commissioned Norfolk County Council to investigate whether anything could be done to tackle this problem. Having carried out traffic modelling, the County Council has identified a number of changes that it now plans to trial in an attempt to reduce delays and improve the flow of traffic along the road.

The trial will comprise:

• Extending the two-lane section of the southbound (out-of-town) carriageway past the junction with Valingers Road by reducing the inbound carriageway to one lane south of the junction.
• Installing a right-turn lane into Valingers Road, in addition to the two lanes for onward traffic
• Taking the traffic lights at the junction out of operation. The pedestrian crossing a little further south along London Road near the junction with Windsor Road will remain in operation.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We’ve listened to what the borough council and local people have told us about their frustrations with the congestion on London Road. These relatively small changes will be quick to make and could really help to tackle this problem, leading to reduced journey times and making it easier for local people and visitors to get around the town.”

Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “We have asked Norfolk County Council to look at ways of relieving congestion in the London Road area. We have agreed to this trial as it could prove to be a very effective ‘quick fix’. Our main concern is that we make it easier for people to get around the town whether they are visiting or working here. The effects of this change will be monitored and the results fed into the overall transport study.”

Work to make the changes necessary to begin the trial will get underway on Monday, 16 April for five days. The majority of the work will be to repaint road markings and this will be undertaken during the evenings in order to minimise disruption.

Norfolk County Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are currently carrying out a £300,000 transport study to analyse current and future transport issues in the town which will lead to the creation of a transport strategy for King’s Lynn. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year and the London Road trial will be assessed as part of it.

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