New study into reducing congestion in Norfolk market town

Rush hour traffic queues in Vinces Road, Diss. Photograph Simon Parker

Rush hour traffic queues in Vinces Road, Diss. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

A feasibility study is set to be undertaken to look into four potential options for reducing traffic congestion at a notorious junction.

Norfolk County Council will be conducting the £4,000 study into potential solutions for the problems at the Vinces Road junction with Victoria Road in Diss, with the aim to complete the investigation by March.

The traffic problems have been on-going for a number of years and have been exacerbated by a combination of trains arriving at Diss station and workers leaving off at the same time, resulting in gridlock during peak hours.

The proposals for the junction include creating a mini roundabout with two approach lanes on Vinces Road, traffic lights with one approach lane on Vinces Road, traffic lights with two approach lanes from Vinces Road or a new roundabout measuring 28m in diameter.

Diss town councillors have previously discussed the possibility of adding an extra lane to the existing carriageway to create two approach lanes from Vinces Road so traffic turning left on to Victoria Road does not have to wait behind traffic turning right.

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However, South Norfolk councillor Glyn Walden, who represents Diss, warned adding the extra lane would mean the road would have to be widened and land taken from the Factory Shop site on the corner of Vinces Road to accommodate it.

He said: 'Making a larger roundabout might be a simple solution to them, but it has serious implications in terms of widening the road.'

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In May, Tom McCabe, the county council's interim director of environment, transport and development, visited the site to discuss with local councillors what could be done, vowing to undertake the study.

The problems with the bottlenecks have been acute for employees at businesses in the area, particularly Midwich, where staff have in the past resorted to parking in neighbouring roads, rather than the company car park, in a bid to avoid the jams.

A spokesman for the county council said it had also held preliminary discussions with New Anglia LEP about funding opportunities.

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