Diss rail link road would ‘open up some exciting possibilities’
Diss district councillor Tony Palmer says a planning application to link Nelson Road to Diss train station would open up “some exciting possibilities” should it be given the green light.
A formal planning application has been lodged with South Norfolk Council, for the coal yard, on land north of Nelson Road.
It proposes a 60-space car park, including four disabled bays, with vehicle access from both Station Road and Nelson Road, providing the link.
Cllr Palmer told the Diss Express the proposal could benefit rail passengers, road users, and Nelson Road residents, if approved.
“In principle I support this,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to do something we have been trying to do for years which is to access the station from both sides, and this would have advantages for the traffic in Victoria Road and for the bus service.
“I think some very exciting possibilities can come out of this. We could run a bus service there if it is approved.
“It would benefit everybody.”
Cllr Palmer, who is also chairman of the Diss Rail Group, which consists of a number of representatives, including Abellio Greater Anglia, Network Rail, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council, wrote a paper on the proposed link in 2012.
He said as early as 1990, South Norfolk Council produced a development brief which contains the aspiration to provide an east-west link road between the Sawmills Road industrial area and Diss rail station.
Nelson Road, was constructed in 2006 as part of the Mission Road housing development.
Mr Palmer added he felt the plan, if approved, would reduce commuter parking on Nelson Road.
One resident told the Diss Express in November 2014 of their “misery” of motorists using the road to park for free.
They said at peak times as many as 70 cars can be seen parking on the roads, and the most they had ever seen was close to 150 vehicles.
The application, can be viewed at info.south-norfolk.gov.uk/online-applications