Funding bid to help Diss traffic black spot fails

Diss, Norfolk. Traffic Congestion on Vinces Road. ENGANL00120141102155157
Diss, Norfolk. Traffic Congestion on Vinces Road. ENGANL00120141102155157
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Diss Town Council has expressed its disappointment after a bid for funding to help address a long-standing traffic black spot in the town was unsuccessful.

Norfolk County Council had applied for funds from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) last year, in the hopes the money could be put towards alleviating the issues at Vinces Road, a major route in Diss that has become notorious for delays and congestion.

Town mayor Keith Kiddie confirmed Diss Town Council was keen for another bid to go in when the next round of funding begin, and added he would be contacting South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon to attempt to move the issue forward.

“Everyone accepts money is tight, but we were reasonably hopeful that we would get some traction on this,” Cllr Kiddie said.

“I think we will be in a stronger position next time around. The funding would not only give improvements to the Vinces Road area, but also access to the station.”

A feasibility study looking into four potential traffic management options at Vinces Road is also being conducted, with Norfolk County Council’s Highways Engineer stating the study should be completed by the end of this month.