Which is the best route for the new King’s Lynn link road?

The new road would ease congestion on the approaches to Lynn. The new road would ease congestion on the approaches to Lynn.

Friday, December 27, 2013
2:25 PM

Three possible routes for a new road to help ease congestion in North Lynn, Gaywood and King’s Lynn town centre are outlined in a new report.

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West Norfolk council applied for government funding to build a road between Edward Benefer and Lynnsport, but the bid was turned down in April.

Now the council hopes either the New Anglia or Greater Cambridge LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) could help with funding the link road.

Three routes have been identified, costing between £2.9 and £4.3m, in a report to councillors.

From the junction of Benefer Way and the North Lynn Industrial Estate, onto Reid Way and Front Way before entering the the Lynnsport site.

From the junction via the route of the existing cycle path onto Reid Way.

From the junction parallel to the cycle path onto reid Way.

The first option, which is the cheapest, is not supported by the county council, because it would mix heavy goods vehicles with cars and provide “the least attractive” approach to the new housing.

Option three, which is the most expensive, is also considered the safest and most environmentally-friendly.

The report says the council has not budgeted for the cost of any of the three options, which would “open up” land around Lynnsport which has been earmarked for hundreds of new homes.

The report says the developments, which are currently out to tender, would make “a significant contribution to housing delivery” in the area.

But it also warns that if developers were asked to pay for the road, the housing schemes would not be viable.

As well as providing access for the development, the report says the new road would help ease congestion and “address air quality issues” around the Gaywood Clock, Railway Road, Austin Street and London Road.

Councillors on West Norfolk’s ruling cabinet will be asked which scheme they prefer, when they meet on Tuesday, January 14.

The report adds the scheme would need to be “shovel ready” in order to qwualify for funding from one of the LEPs.

“It is vital that the scheme is fully costed, design work completed and planning approval is in place,” it says.

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