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Does gridlock show why King’s Lynn needs a new gateway?

PUBLISHED: 12:57 09 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:10 09 December 2017

Long tailbacks built up from the scene of the crash along the A47 and A10. Picture: Chris Bishop

Long tailbacks built up from the scene of the crash along the A47 and A10. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Another day of gridlock on King’s Lynn’s roads shows why the town needs another gateway.

That’s the call from a county councillor after drivers spent up to an hour getting from one end of town to the other as five mile tailbacks built up around the Hardwick Interchange.

The A47 ground to a halt after a crash on the westbound carriageway near the Pullover roundabout on Friday morning.

A man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after his car was in collision with a lorry and later died.

Both westbound lanes were closed until around 5pm. As queues built up, Lynn ground to a halt.

Alex Kemp, councillor for the South Lynn ward, said: “The problem is that we have just one major point of entry into Lynn and West Norfolk, the Hardwick Interchange, for the town and the whole of the north Norfolk coast.

“West Norfolk needs a new gateway and funding now for the West Winch to Setchey bypass planned in 1990. We could re-route traffic on the A10 from London and Cambridge on the relief road so it doesn’t have to come into Lynn on the Hardwick. This has got to be given proper thought.”

The new road, which would reduce traffic at the Hardwick roundabout, was included as part of proposals to build thousands of homes around North Runcton. No government funding or potential start date has been announced almost 30 years after it was first conceived.

Miss Kemp said recent works on the A47 Saddlebow interchange, which have led to closures and diversions over the roundabout have exacerbated the town’s traffic woes.

“Every time Highways England does repairs on the interchange, Lynn grinds to a halt and there are tailbacks on the Clenchwarton Road and the A17,” she said.

She added temporary traffic lights at the Pullover roundabout would help reduce congestion through Clenchwarton.

Mis Kemp is also calling for improvements tlo the A10 at Setchey south of the Hardwick.

“We need an end to the sorry mix-up in Whitehall with bureaucrats telling us the A10 is a rural road,” she said. “We all know it is not.

“Traffic on Mill Road, Setchey has greatly increased recently and we need urgent improvements to the junction with the A10, where there were two accidents last week, due to poor visibility at the junction.”

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