, senior reporter
Friday, January 25, 2013
A survey is being carried out among residents and businesses in a Norfolk town in an effort to solve problems with traffic congestion.
Norfolk county councillor Jenny Chamberlin has delivered questionnaires to 293 homes and 150 businesses in the Vinces Road area of Diss to try and find out more about people’s travel arrangements to see if ways could be found to reduce problems with traffic jams in Vinces Road at peak times close to the mini-roundabout in Victoria Road.
Her visit last weekend came after Darren Lewitt, an audio-visual director at electronics firm Midwich, wrote a letter to the county council complaining about the situation in the road, where Midwich is based and also created a video for broadcasting website YouTube to highlight his concern about the traffic, which often stretches back 800m as far as Midwich’s office.
Mrs Chamberlin said the survey asked questions about when business employees were driving into work, where they were driving from and what time they were leaving, as well as trying to find out if they found the congestion worse on some days more than others.
The aim, she said, was to enable the county council’s highways department to find out if changes could be made to people’s transport arrangements which would help improve the traffic problems, such as by encouraging more people to travel in by train or to share lifts if more than one person was travelling in from the same place.
She added she did not believe the council would be able to do anything “physical” at the site which would make a difference.
“The county council’s traffic management team has put together this survey to look at how people travel and why they travel. Are people driving from Norwich to Vinces Road. Have they considered taking the train or would it be possible for them to get the bus?”
Concern at the situation has been on-going for a number of years and the town council had hoped a filter lane could be introduced at the bottom of Victoria Road so traffic heading for Roydon would not block traffic heading for Scole.
In 2011, hopes of a relief road to ease traffic congestion in Diss were killed off when South Norfolk Council gave the go-ahead for a 120 home Persimmon Homes development in Frenze Hall Lane.
The deadline for responses to the survey is February 15.