Published: Monday, 9th January 2017
A new road - Lynnsport Way - has now opened linking Edward Benefer Way to the North Lynn and Marsh Lane housing estates and to Greenpark Avenue.
The road provides improved access to the Lynnsport site and an alternative to the Loke Road access.
The £6m construction project, which has been undertaken by Tarmac and Breheny, began in March 2016 and was funded by the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk with a contribution of £1m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
The new road follows the line of the existing cycle path, and provides access points into the Marsh Lane site and Lynnsport 1 and 3 housing development sites. Improved links between existing foot paths and cycle paths have also been made, providing a continuous route from Spenser Road to Lynnsport.
Cllr Alistair Beales, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "We are delighted that the new road is now open, providing improved access for residents in the area and making it much easier for people to get to Lynnsport. We are confident the new road will also help ease recognised air quality issues in the Gaywood Clock and town centre areas by providing a more robust and permeable traffic system in this part of King's Lynn.
"In addition the new road will enable us to develop much-needed housing in the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane areas."
Overall the borough council's major housing project for Marsh Lane and Lynnsport has brought key benefits to the area including new tennis courts, new hockey pitches, a new 153-space car park at Lynnsport, and a new layout to the existing car park which now provides 185 spaces.
A new wildlife area, Salters Sanctuary, has been created with the support of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and a band of willing volunteers.
Installation of a new pumping station by the Internal Drainage Board will also increase the control of surface water in the area.
Cllr Beales added: "Marsh Lane had been earmarked for development for some time, and the Lynnsport site was an under-utilised area. By developing these housing plans and balancing these against the need for a regional sporting facility and public open space, we have come up with a comprehensive proposal which is already bringing benefits to a whole range of people."
Ground works have already begun on the Marsh Lane housing site and it is anticipated that construction of the first houses will commence late spring this year.