Two major road schemes for King’s Lynn could ease congestion and open-up land for a development of new homes in the town. 

One project would see a link road from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport where up to 430 homes are likely be built on land after football and hockey pitches are relocated.

The second scheme is aimed at easing problems around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

A report due to go before West Norfolk Council’s Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel on Wednesday outlines both plans.

The new link road is subject to a bid by Norfolk County Council for a share of £170m of
government funding.

The road would be built along the route of the former railway line and effectively create access to the new housing while easing access to Lynnsport.

“The borough has prepared a master plan, and the access being considered is a new link from the A1078 Edward Benefer Way in the north, a distance of around 1km along the line of old railway line, which is now a cycle path,” says a report due to go before the committee.

A separate report about the traffic situation at the QEH says there is congestion around the site entrance and exit.

The scheme, if approved, will see a ‘freeflow’ left turn from the QEH with two lanes created between the mini roundabout next to William Churchill Drive and the main hospital roundabout on the A149.

Work is scheduled to take place on the hospital roundabout later in the year and the new scheme would be included at the same time.

David Stonehouse, director of resources at the QEH said: “We are currently in discussions with the borough council, although nothing has been agreed to date.”

The £198,000 contribution coming from West Norfolk Council would come from changes to the discount afforded via second-home council tax bills.

Both schemes need further approval before work starts.