The Hardwick Roundabout
17th September 2014
At the weekend you may have have noticed that the lights weren't working on the Hardwick roundabout, it happens every so often throughout the year and usually makes the traffic flow just so much better in most peoples opinion.
I need to know how you found it, did it make your life more stressful or did it make travelling through to the centre of King's Lynn or to the A47 an absolute breeze?
Maybe the lights on the Hardwick should be temporary, perhaps only working at off-peak times, or do you think they should always be on as the roundabout is so big and is the meeting of all the major roads in Lynn?
Let me know your thoughts and how you found getting round the roundabout without the lights back on our FACEBOOK page.
There is however a good reason for them - Norfolk County Council say its a highways issue, but that the pedestrian and cycle crossings nearby mean they have to have the traffic lights.
Some of your comments are below...
A47 from Wisbech not a good at Hardwicke when lights out. But it did seem more free flowing.
Didn't make any difference.....everybody still cuts you up & swaps lanes without concern
Cllr Colin Manning
better without t/lights. Should only have lights on r/bts for slip roads off m/ways to avoid Qs on main c/ways.
much smoother, no build ups...only difficulty is for cyclists, pedestrians crossing!
The flow without lights is infinitely bigger but so are the risks when
idiots take the mickey and pull straight out. Any accidents that happen
will be amplified in comparison to when the lights are on. I guess the
reason they're there is to bring down average speeds.
Turn the lights off and keep them off! I use the roundabout at least twice a
day and run a local business from the town- in the period they were
off- I never got held up once! The traffic was flowing perfectly! No
need to wait if there was an empty road- common sense and sensible road
use and no traffic lights will keep the round about from being a night
Better without. I drew up just as they switched them back on yesterday, u could see every driver's smile disappear!
Posted by Simon Rowe at 2:42pm