New camera in Diss can’t solve traffic woes, say critics
11:32 02 August 2014
A new jam-cam to fight traffic congestion on a busy road has been criticised by councillors.
The problems in Vinces Road, Diss, were discussed at a meeting of Diss Town Council’s highways committee, which was also attended by representatives of Norfolk County Council’s highways department and Jenny Chamberlin, county councillor for Diss and Roydon.
Mrs Chamberlin talked about some of the initiatives already in place at the blackspot, including the jam-cam to provide footage of the traffic situation at the junction with Victoria Road to employees at businesses in the area, so they could plan when to leave off work. She also spoke about trying to get the three levels of government to work towards a long-term solution and spoke of how she had written to the county council’s new economic development sub-committee, asking it to make traffic congestion in Diss an urgent priority as it affects the town’s economic development.
But town councillor Julian Mason, vice-chairman of the highways committee, said: “The problem isn’t long-term. The problem is the here and now. It has existed for the long-term. Anyone who tries to get out of that junction knows that it is the worst junction anywhere.” As far as jam-cam was concerned, he questioned whether workers in Vinces Road would go online to check the traffic before heading off. “Is anyone going to sit there after packing up and say: ‘Oh no, a train’s come in, there are another 40 cars on the road?’ If I worked there I would be tearing my hair out,” Mr Mason said. The meeting also heard from Simon Evetts, group operations manager at electronics firm Midwich, which has an office in Vinces Road.
He also slammed the jam-cam and told the meeting the office car park was often not full because staff were parking in neighbouring residential streets, such as Frenze Hall Lane, to avoid the traffic chaos at night.
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