Let’s face it, Diss will never get a by-pass, and I predict that within the next decade, Victoria Road and Park Road will become gridlocked.
There are three main points of issue which are aggravating the problem. First, Skelton Road, secondly, the traffic lights opposite Hughes, and thirdly, the Morrison’s traffic lights.
The general sense of opinion is that the Tesco and Morrison’s roundabouts are the main problem, this is a fallacy, and not so, as roundabouts are designed to keep the traffic flowing and do so, but they are hampered by the action of the traffic lights, as the main problem is the foot traffic, a catch 22 situation.
So, what’s to be done? Well, the answer is simple. First, Skelton Road, take a metre off the wide pavement opposite the entrance for 30 metres up Victoria Road and create a slip road for vehicles wanting to enter Skelton Road, and at the same time allowing vehicles coming into the town to keep moving.
Secondly, get rid of the traffic lights opposite Hughes and Morrison’s completely, they wouldn’t be needed, and thirdly, build an underpass, ideally somewhere near the entrance to Hughes and the Mavery House junction, allowing pedestrians to go left or right to Tesco’s or Morrison’s.
What about the cost? Well, the council need to get together with the South Norfolk District Council, the Norfolk County Council, the local MP, and the Minister of transport, as this should be a government funded operation and really the only viable solution.