Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Councillors have been conducting further traffic surveys in a busy Diss street in an effort to resolve long standing problems with traffic congestion.
The surveys have been looking at possible ways of solving the problems in Vinces Road, which has been a traffic blackspot for a number of years, especially at the junction with Victoria Road.
Diss town councillor Julian Mason said the county council’s highways department did not have the money to carry out a widening of the junction and there were no immediate plans to do anything about the situation because of the financial constraints.
He added his preferred solution would be to widen the junction of Vinces Road and Victoria Road to create a left and a right hand lane, which he believed would help to alleviate the traffic build up.
Mr Mason said: “As a resident I would be quite happy to see that a two way. To widen the exit road so we could have a left and a right hand lane would be by far the best solution.”
He believed the problems with traffic had been exacerbated by a combination of trains coming from Diss station and workers leaving off from businesses in Vinces Road.
The problems with jams in the street have been on going for a number of years and in 2012 Darren Lewitt, an audio-visual director at electronics firm Midwich, wrote to the county council complaining about the situation in the road, where Midwich is based and also created a YouTube video highlighting his concern about the traffic.
And last year, Jenny Chamberlin, Norfolk county councillor for Diss and Roydon, distributed questionnaires in the Vinces Road area 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.
Out of 293 forms sent to homes, the council received 122 replies while there were 250 responses from the business community via an online survey site.
Following her survey, liftshare schemes for workers in the area and group deals on trains were mooted as two possible solutions to the problems which could be incorporated in the travel plans of employees.