All options for new crossing stay on table for Morton

A public meeting to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian crossing on the A15 junction in Morton.
A public meeting to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian crossing on the A15 junction in Morton.
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Morton parish councillors are to explore all options for the busy A15 before backing a new four-way traffic light system.

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council discussed a plan to install traffic lights between High Street and Bourne Road.

We just want to explore all the possibilities before we make a final recommendation because it’s a big step

Coun Richard Wells, chairman of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, told a public meeting at Morton Village Hall that a four-way traffic light system would be “the safest way to get pedestrians across the road.”

“We are keen to improve safety, even though Morton’s recent accident history means the junction isn’t a top priority,” Coun Davies said.

“A four-way traffic light system with pelican crossings is the best option as it’s the safest way to get pedestrians across the road.

“But it does involve stopping traffic and would cost in the region of £170,000.”

However, parish councillors voted not to support the proposal just yet but instead to explore the possibility of a pelican-style crossing to the north of the junction.

Parish council chairman Coun Richard Wells said: “A number of people have raised concerns about the impact of four-way traffic lights on road traffic.

“If there is a way of getting a controlled crossing to the north of the crossroads then that would be a better bet in terms of general traffic disruption.

“We are looking at whether there is any remote possibility of that happening, but this is by no means a thumbs down to a crossing because everyone is unanimous in agreeing that there is a need.

“We just want to explore all the possibilities before we make a final recommendation because it’s a big step, particularly if we are to ask the villagers to support us through the precept.”

Possible remedy for A15 crossing risk – at a cost of about £170,000