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Alliance to push for further improvements to the A47

Plans would mean dualling of the A47 between Tilney and East Winch.

The A47 Alliance is to push for further investment from central government to make much-needed improvements to the A47, including dualling much of the route.

Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads, is shortly set to reveal a set of proposals to make improvements to the A47 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Central government has already committed to funding these improvements, which largely consist of making improvements to junctions along the route, with construction set to begin in 2020.

The A47 Alliance, which brings together the business community, local authorities, MPs and others, will now focus its efforts on getting a commitment from central government for further improvements. The priority improvements agreed by the A47 Alliance are:

· Dualling Acle Straight to Great Yarmouth
· Dualling Tilney to East Winch (including Hardwick flyover dualling) in King’s Lynn
· Dualling Guyhirn to Wisbech,
· Junction improvements at:
– A1101 Elm High Roundabout and B198 East and West in Wisbech
– Eye Roundabout
– Junction 15 and Junction 18 in Peterborough.

If funding for these improvements is secured, work could get under way between 2020 and 2025.


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Snow warning for Norfolk

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for snow in Norfolk on Friday.

Showers of snow, sleet and hail are possible. 2 to 4 cm of snow may affect some areas.

Disruption to transport networks seems likely either due to snow or ice. Additionally, strong winds and large waves will affect some coastal areas.

Freezing night time temperatures are expected over the weekend.

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New A17 Speed Cameras go live from Monday

The new recently installed average Safety Camera System on the A17 road, west of Kings Lynn will be switched on with effect from 9th January 2017. This means that the cameras will be enforcing and capturing speeding motorists from this date.

Anne Pointin – Road Safety and Safety Camera Manager said: “These cameras have been installed by the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, supported by Norfolk Police, Norfolk County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. This piece of road has double the national average for casualties on rural A Class Roads, and the high accident severity is indicative of high traffic speeds. 35% of these casualties are motorcyclists and the new cameras are designed to capture both motor vehicles and motor cyclists.”

Average Safety Camera Systems are proven nationally to reduce casualties and help towards making the roads safer for those travelling and working within Norfolk.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents, with excessive speed being one of the Fatal 4 factors which put our road users at risk.

“Enforcement of the law, alongside sustained education and awareness, will help keep our county’s roads safer for all who use them, and speed cameras have an important role to play in that.”

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Norfolk freezing again tonight

blizzard-2015-600More wintry showers are expected tonight as temperatures in Norfolk once again plunge to an unseasonal 0 °C. The west of the county will become dry with clear spells and touch of frost in places by morning.

Wednesday will start cold and bright with the odd shower possible in the east. Through the day some wintry showers will develop elsewhere, perhaps with some hail and thunder during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.

Looking forward to the rest of the week, it will stay cold and unsettled with further showers or some longer spells of rain, perhaps heavy in places with some hail and thunder. Windy at times, especially on Friday.

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Twitter to tell a day in the life of #NorfolkRoads

traffic - Jon CollierTo celebrate the work happening across the length and breadth of #NorfolkRoads Norfolk County Council, @NorfolkCC, is hosting a twitter day this Thursday, 28 April, to give a flavour of the day to day activity that goes on behind the scenes to keep people moving safely in the county.

The day will start with live tweets from Norfolk Traffic Control reporting on incidents, delays and road conditions on the 6000 mile network maintained by the County Council during the morning rush.

Twitter followers will see teams in King’s Lynn checking vehicles before they head out for the days’ work, and teams in the east of the county carrying out surface dressing, and see work underway in south Norfolk to fix potholes assisted by the velocity patching machine.

The day also sees the unveiling of one of the northern distributor road scheme boards marking the full construction phase set to get underway soon on the northern distributor road.

And with safety in mind there’ll be pictures from the cyclist training sessions taking place in Stalham, Roughton, Sheringham and Carbrooke, the Road Safety Magic Show at Fleggburgh and Freethorpe and driver training sessions in Dereham.

There will be reminders throughout the day of how to find out information about what’s happening on our roads and how to report any issues.

The county council’s @NorfolkCC account will be retweeting posts from other people and organisations during the day. Anyone wishing to follow the event can do so by using the hashtag #NorfolkRoads

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Launch of electric car charge points

electric car point
New Rapid Charge electric car charge points have just been installed in West Norfolk; 3 in King’s Lynn and 1 in Hunstanton.

More info to follow …

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Bus services return to King’s Lynn bus station

Lynx Bus

On Monday 29 June 2015 southbound bus services, along with coach services, will return to King’s Lynn bus station joining the existing northbound services and from that date the whole area will become a smoke-free zone.

The buses were originally relocated to Portland Street back in March 2015 to enable the £1.6million refurbishment project to be completed. The project, which has been led and funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk with additional funding from Norfolk County Council, has brought about a raft of improvements designed to create a more pleasant environment and a more visually appealing arrival into town for people using public transport.

Work has included the resurfacing of the bus station area, widening of paving areas, the installation of a feature canopy to provide more shelter and a new layout to improve the capacity within the bus station.

Real-time travel information and visitor information will help people plan their journeys and help them find what they want to visit in town.

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Motorists warned of delays in town this weekend

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Motorists have been warned that there may be a slight increase in delays and congestion in King’s Lynn next weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June) because normal computer co-ordination of traffic signals will be affected by work on the power supply at County Hall, Norwich.

Traffic lights will continue to operate on street, but the normal optimisation of timings by the Urban Traffic Control (UTC) computer will be suspended during periods when power is switched between main and interim supply. The County Hall power supply is being updated as part of the major refurbishment of the building that began last year.

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Bus station to close for 5 days

bus station worksKing’s Lynn Bus station is to close for 5 days while resurfacing takes place.

Contractors and operators have agreed that the best option is to close the bus station to vehicles for a five-day period and resurface the whole area in one go. Not only will this reduce the overall length of time that bus services will be disrupted, but will also ensure that the surface will last longer and need less maintenance as it will be free of any joins.

From 1 June to 5 June the bus station will be closed to vehicles and Northbound bus services and coach services currently operating from bays 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be temporarily relocated to Clough Lane, adjacent to the multi-storey car park. Southbound services will continue to operate from Portland Street.

Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “This is a major refurbishment project and we are already starting to see how much better it will be once complete. We are expecting completion towards the end of June and would like to thank everyone for their co-operation and patience over the last few months.

“We always knew that the resurfacing was going to be the trickiest element to complete and I am pleased that the operators and contractors have come up with a solution that will not only reduce the overall disruption but also lessen the need for future maintenance work in the area.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work and hope that once the project is complete that everyone will start to reap the benefits of a more modern, smoke-free and fit-for-purpose bus station.”

From 1 to 5 June northbound services affected by the temporary relocation are:

Norfolk Green – Fairstead One
Norfolk Green – North Lynn Two
Norfolk Green – North Lynn Three
Norfok Green – Pandora Four
Norfolk Green – Gaywood Five
Norfolk Green No 10 – Hunstanton
Norfolk Green No 11 – Hunstanton
Norfolk Green Coast Hopper – North Norfolk
Norfolk Green No 48 – Grimston
Norfolk Green X8 – Fakenham
Lynx No 35 – Hunstanton

Coach services to be relocated to coach bay at Clough Lane, adjacent to the multi-storey car park/outside St James’ Swimming Pool include:
National Express,
Coach Services No 12 and 40,
Sanders Coaches No 26,
Peelings Coaches No 1,
Eagles Coaches No 18
Harrods No W2.

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Major diversions in town this weekend

Road WorksEssential overnight resurfacing work on Railway Road in King’s Lynn, from Blackfriars Street to Wellesley Street, will start at 8pm on Friday 10 April.

The work is part of Norfolk County Council’s surfacing programme but to reduce overall disruption it is being tied in with current works in and around the bus station as part of the King’s Lynn Transport Interchange project.

Road closures will be used on five nights at the following times:

Friday 10 April and Saturday 11 April, 8pm to around 2.30am.

Monday 13 April, Tuesday 14 April and Wednesday 15 April, 8pm to around midnight.

Although closing the road will mean major overnight diversions for drivers, it will reduce the time on site and avoid impact on daytime traffic. Signs will direct drivers around the closure and to reach side roads affected, including Waterloo Street, Portland Street, Wellesley Road, Norfolk Street, Old Sunway, Albion Street and Old Market Street.

On the evenings Railway Road is closed no buses will use the bus station or Portland Street after 8pm. Instead, all buses will drop off and pick up at the layby outside the railway station on Blackfriars Road. Arrival and departure times are likely to be a few minutes later than normal.

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New bus service launches

Lynx Bus

New bright-red buses were seen this week, running between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.

The fleet of five buses painted in a smart red livery are being run by Lynx, a new locally owned and totally independent bus operator based on the Saddlebow Industrial Estate.

The company has been set up by a small group of local people who have many years experience of running bus services in Norfolk. Their first route started on Monday and operates hourly between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton via Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham.

The new company say their buses will help to reduce congestion and pollution in West Norfolk, and they promise to Provide “Clean, punctual and reliable bus services with good value for money fares.”

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Norfolk Green joins Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme

Caption for second picture: Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, Colin Field, Norfolk Green bus driver, and David Blackmore, Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant, on Baxter’s Plain in the heart of the Vancouver Quarter to unveil Norfolk Green as the latest business to join the Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme. Photo:  Paul Tibbs

Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, Colin Field, Norfolk Green bus driver, and David Blackmore, Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant, unveil Norfolk Green as the latest business to join the Vancouver Quarter Discount Card scheme. Photo: Paul Tibbs

Christmas shoppers will be able to save money on their bus travel into King’s Lynn after Norfolk Green confirmed today it had signed up to the Vancouver Quarter discount card scheme.

The West Norfolk bus operator joins 10 other Vancouver Quarter businesses and the Alive Leisure trust, which runs the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Lynnsport, St James Pool, Downham Leisure Centre, and the Oasis at Hunstanton, currently offering discounts.

Cardholders heading into King’s Lynn to enjoy one of the Vancouver Quarter’s late night shopping events, held every Thursday from November 27 to December 18, will receive 10 per cent off their travel on Norfolk Green’s service 10, 11 and Coasthopper 1 buses.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said: “We’re delighted that Norfolk Green has joined our discount card scheme. They are very much a part of the Vancouver Quarter and bring thousands of people directly into the heart of the town every week.

“This initial discount will help make cardholders’ money go that little bit further at a very expensive time of year for many families in West Norfolk. We will continue to work with Norfolk Green to seek other opportunities for further discounts and we will announce these once confirmed.”

Burger King, Ikon, Wimpy and the Majestic Cinema are also on the discount card scheme, as are Johnsons, Blue Inc, Claire’s, Trespass, Supercuts and Moccachinos.

Will Smith, Norfolk Green commercial manager, added: “We are delighted to join the Vancouver Quarter discount card scheme which further strengthens our existing partnership with the Vancouver Quarter.

“In the build up to Christmas 2014, we are looking to encourage shoppers to ditch the car in favour of the bus with this offer of discounted travel. We are also excited by the future promotional possibilities that we will be able to offer as a participant in the scheme.”

To discover the current discounts being offered, visit

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Michael Portillo opens refurbished railway station

Broadcaster Michael Portillo came to King’s Lynn on Tuesday morning to re-open the re-furbished 1950’s style railway station.

He said he thought it was very fitting the station was decorated in blue, as it was after all a Royal Station!

Michael Portillo arrives at King's Lynn station

Michael Portillo arrives at King’s Lynn station

Dr Paul Richards gives Michael a copy of his book about the Hanseatic League.

Dr Paul Richards gives Michael a copy of his book about the Hanseatic League.

About to unveil the plaque!

About to unveil the plaque!

Unveiling the plaque

Unveiling the plaque

The plaque

The plaque

Signing autographs

Signing autographs

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Sea Horses on parade

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Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

The beach is a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year. Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea!

Photos supplied by Kevin Elfleet.

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Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

The beach is a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year. Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea!

Photos supplied by Kevin Elfleet.

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Bus station improvements – Have your say!

Improvements would include new bus bays and shelters.

Improvements would include new bus bays and shelters.

Consultation begins this week on a major £1.2m project to enhance and improve the bus station area in King’s Lynn and the links between King’s Lynn railway station and the town centre.

Proposals are on display at the bus information office and are also available in Sainsbury’s town centre store.

Kings Lynn Transport Interchange - plan

Scheme highlights include:

• Installation of new modern canopy to provide an extended waiting area and shelter for passengers

• Increased public space/pedestrian area in front of bus station office and Sainsbury’s to relieve pedestrian congestion at peak times.

• New street furniture including cycle storage, seating, bins and lighting

• New exit onto Albion Street/Railway Road for north-bound bus services

• Increase in arrival bays from 1 to 2

• Refurbished toilets including ‘external facelift’ to the bus station

• Refurbished information office with improved digital travel and visitor information

• Reduction in the number of layover bays for buses and coaches to improve the efficiency and use of the bus station area

• Widened pavements along Old Market Street and Waterloo Street

• Waterloo Street changed to ‘access only’ for residents

• Widened bus lay by at the railway station to cater for increased bus services

• Improvements to pedestrian crossing at Blackfriars Road and Railway Road

The scheme is being funded by Sainsbury’s and Tesco Stores. It is designed to mitigate the impact of out-of-town retail developments by providing attractive gateways and arrival points into the town centre.

The works will also ensure that it is easy for people to find their way into town and that routes from the bus and railway station are accessible.

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Commercial Assets, said: “This is a really exciting project for the town. I hope people will take part in the consultation and let us know what they think of our initial designs.

“They have been developed based on feedback from a survey we carried out with bus station users last year, so we hope we’ve got the ideas right.”

The consultation runs until 20 July. Comments and feedback will be considered and the proposals refined in order for the final planning application to be prepared.

It is likely that a planning application will be submitted in August, with a view to work beginning on site in October/November.

Drop-in sessions where people can speak to a council representative about the project will take place at the bus station information office as follows

1 July 10am – 12 noon
3 July 3pm – 5pm
5 July 10am – 12 noon
7 July 12 noon – 2pm
8 July 2pm – 4pm
11 July 8.30am – 10.30am
14 July 1pm – 3pm
15 July 11am – 1pm
18 July 9am – 11am

For more information on the proposed changes, see the King’s Lynn Transport Interchange brochure (pdf 4mb).

Feedback on the proposals can be made using the council survey.

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A Peek at our Week

sock toy by Alana Cooper, Setchey

We start with a look at our latest ‘family member’ – A sock toy made by Alana Cooper, who runs Canetoad Crafts in Setchy near King’s Lynn. (

We came across Alana while visiting the Rainbow Craft Summer Solstice in Tydd St Mary near Long Sutton over the weekend. It was a wonderful afternoon, with dozens of unique craft stalls and some excellent live music.

They are planning to bring back the show next year, and it should be well worth another visit!

One of the musicians playing was Mickey Flynn ( who certainly rocked the festival with his raspy voice and mean guitar playing.

Mickey now lives in Suffolk, after touring the country as a lead guitarist and frontman with various bands for over 25 years.

hardwick road cemetery graves railway disaster

Dr Julian Litten led us on a fascinating guided tour of Hardwick Road Cemetery on Sunday called ‘Blown to Kingdom Come’.

We saw the tombstones of John and Susannah Laird, two of the ‘unfortunate sufferers whose death was caused on the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway’ in 1863.

5 people were killed when a train from Hunstanton to Lynn hit a bullock resulting in their carriage being ‘smashed utterly to pieces.”

Amongst other deceased ‘blown to kingdom come’ in the cemetery was Alice Gazley who was ‘killed during raid by German airship on King’s Lynn” on January 19th 1915.

Montage by Peter Swann

Montage by Peter Swann

On the right is a montage of memories from South Africa by artist Peter Swann. This was one of the works we saw at the 5 IN 3D Exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space in St James Street.

The intriguing sculptures by Ben Emerson looked deceptively like bits of wreckage from old war machines, but they are in fact made from ceramics. Such titles as Warbird, Depth Charge and Fuselage F250 will give you an idea of the kind of work he does.

We really enjoyed the excellent mixed media exhibition which also included works by other local artists Ben Emerson, Ann Roberts and Tom Thompson.

The 5 IN 3D Exhibition is open until July 4th from 10am to 4pm. When you are in town, the free exhibition is certainly worth making a detour for!

Turning to a different subject, while visiting the Body Shop at Springfields near Spalding we were told the branch in Lynn has NOT been closed but it is being ‘refurbished.’

Finally a couple of interesting websites we can recommend to you: presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953, including some intersting ones of King’s Lynn. Contains Hundreds of archive films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire.

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