The 750 m route, which runs between South Lynn and King’s Lynn town centre, is geared to help ease traffic congestion in the town centre. As part of the scheme, a new three-metre wide shared use footpath and cycleway was also constructed to follow the same route.
The project was delivered by May Gurney Ltd through the Norfolk County Council Strategic Partnership. The works were designed by both Norfolk County Council’s in-house team and Mott MacDonald through the partnership.
Linking Wisbech Road in the south with Boal Street in the north, the two-way route follows the line of an existing cycle and footpath (Harding’s Way), crossing the sluice that controls the River Nar outlet to the Great Ouse. The route is intended to reduce bus journey times by up to four minutes during the rush hour and is initially being used by an average of 13 buses an hour travelling in each direction. The route is also available for use by emergency vehicles.
The scheme was funded by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund and construction was completed in April 2011.
The project is part of a larger package of transport improvements that are planned in King’s Lynn, following a successful bid by Norfolk County Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk for £5.3 million from the Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).
The improvements will ease traffic congestion faced by people who live, work and shop in the town and improve air quality on some of its busiest streets. The improvements will give King’s Lynn the road network and public transport services it needs to develop and will facilitate the development planned in the Nar-Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA), including the construction of 900 homes on NORA land.