King’s Lynn trial aims to cut high levels of pollution

London Road, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt London Road, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, July 24, 2014
8:55 AM

Motorists could face traffic calming measures, 20mph limits and residents-only parking in areas of King’s Lynn in a bid to combat high air pollution levels.

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It comes after West Norfolk councillors heard that air pollution levels are dangerously high in parts of the town centre and Gaywood.

A report to councillors on the environment and regeneration committee, setting out the proposals, said: “We are aiming to reduce air pollution to levels that do not cause a risk to human health.”

Councillors agreed for the plans to go out to public consultation in August/September.

It will be in the form of using websites and drop-in sessions.

Borough council officer Dave Robson explained: “The air pollution limit is 40 micrograms per square meter of nitrogen dioxide but this year King’s Lynn has been in breach of this by going over to 42-43 micrograms.

“But we did have elevated levels due to the Sahara dust storms earlier this year.

“But the levels are not as high as in 2011 so things have improved with newer cars with lower emissions.

He added: “But we will continue to monitor, review and assess.”

West Norfolk Council has been measuring air pollution in the borough since 2006 and use a number of diffusion tubes all over the town to monitor levels.

They found that the nitrogen dioxide is mostly coming from road traffic, both cars and buses.

And because of this, an air quality action plan has been devised with 20 actions. It includes allowing taxis to use a bus lane from Wisbech Road to Boal Street, encouraging commuters to use the West Lynn Ferry Park and Sail and investigate the possibility of electric car charging points.

There will be an emphasis on promoting walking and cycling so West Norfolk council have will work with Norfolk County Council to improve spaces for cycle lanes and pavements.

Traffic management will be looked at in the busiest areas of the town.

Signals and junctions layouts could be changed along London Road and around the Southgate.

And for the Gaywood clock and south of Wootton Road areas, it could include changes to the timing of traffic signals.

Councillors discussed a park and ride system which split opinion.

Councillor Brian Long said: “It has been done before over a trial period around a dozen years ago. It works with cities such as Norwich as you need dedicated bus lanes. With Lynn being a smaller town, it gets prohibited. It didn’t work back then and I don’t think it will now.”

However, councillor James Moriarty said he was pleased it will be considered. He said: “A park and ride will mean that there are 40 fewer vehicles getting into town.”

West Norfolk council have set up a designated team – the Air Quality Steering Group – to implement the plan of actions.

Other parties who will be consulted include bus operators, Chamber of Commerce, the King’s Lynn Town Centre Partnership and members of the public.

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4 comments

  • 1 answer .......... build and develop on the other side of the river in West Lynn, why .......... cos there AINT NO more space in King's Lynn .......... pure muppetry thinking from the wast of timers in KLWN BC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Daisy roots is correct, a speed limit will make no difference, it is all about keeping traffic moving. Clear entrances to supermarket and other car parks are needed , less traffic lights, bus stops in recesses to avoid buses blocking the highway, left turning lanes at all cross roads etc. etc.

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    Union Jack

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Put the rail station at Hardwick Narrows with a free shuttle bus and extensive free parking. Run a road up the railway line as an inner relief road for London road. Gaywood Road? Well like London Road, if you stick a lot of cars in which cant go anywhere but a queue because a traffic system is overloaded with traffic lights pedestrian crossings and accesses to supermarkets etc then of course emission levels will be high. Speed limits wont do any good, it is the sitting in a queue churning out exhaust fumes that is the problem. West Norfolk council spent a long time being gobby first about marinas and then about the incinerator to deflect attention from their incompetence-the A149 QE2 and Sainsburys roundabouts, the overloading of the Hardwick area with retail and business parks-both knocking on to affect traffic flow on the A10 and the A47.The absurd waste of money cleaning up the muckworks and building housing in a grotty place when a faster route in and out of the A4717 should have been a priority,no P&R integrating with local bus services from the easiest sides of the town-the north and east. Place is a shambles these days.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Interesting, so is there a problem when the breeze is going out to sea? Park and ride is very expensive, not just to operate but to set up and I think Mr Long is right. Taxi's in bus lanes would be a good idea and it help to keep things moving, cycling is fine providing you don't have far to go but it's no good if you live 6 or 7 miles away. On that note some cyclist need to learn the Highway Code as they can be a danger to themselves as well as other road users, I don't think there is an answer to the problem but you must keep trying.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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