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New congestion-busting bus route set to open in King's Lynn

PUBLISHED: 14:09 07 March 2011 | UPDATED: 14:10 07 March 2011

Light trails from traffic on the Southgates Roundabout in King's Lynn at night. Picture: Ian Burt.

Light trails from traffic on the Southgates Roundabout in King's Lynn at night. Picture: Ian Burt.

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A new bus route aimed at reducing congestion and pollution on one of the main appproaches to King's Lynn will be officially opened next week.

A Norfolk Green double-decker will be the first bus to travel along the newly-built route, connecting South Lynn and the Nar-Ouse regeneration area with King’s Lynn town centre, on Monday afternoon.

The route from Wisbech Road avoids Southgates and London Road.

Instead it skirts Hardings Pits and cuts through the Boal Quay car park to join Boal Street.

An improved junction with Millfleet allows buses to use this route in both directions.

The scheme was funded by £5.3m in government grants secured by West Norfolk council and Norfolk County Council.

The money also helped pay for improvements to the Southgates roundabout, and facilities for cyclists around Lynn.

The bus route will be used by scheduled bus services for the first time from Tuesday, March 15.

It will allow buses to avoid rush hour congestion at the Southgates and along the busy London Road, improving journey times and reliability for passengers.

It will also ensure new and improved good bus services for housing planned for the Nar-Ouse and wider South Lynn area once the economy picks up.

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