Peppermint Junction project pledge for work to start in 2016

Organisers, speakers and guests at the inaugural Lincolnshire Transport Conference at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Organisers, speakers and guests at the inaugural Lincolnshire Transport Conference at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A £4 million project to build a new roundabout for the A17 and A151 in Holbeach is expected to start in mid-2016, it has been revealed.

The pledge came from the man in charge of Lincolnshire’s roads, Richard Wills, during a transport conference in Spalding on Friday.

The A17/A151 Holbeach Peppermint Junction roundabouts are a solution to a long-standing traffic and safety problem and we’re looking to start that work in about the middle of 2016

Richard Wills, executive director for environment and economy, Lincolnshire County Council

Mr Wills, executive director for environment and economy at Lincolnshire County Council, was among the speakers at the first Lincolnshire Transport Conference held at Springfields Events and Conference Centre.

The conference, jointly organised by Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum and Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, had a theme of Connecting South Lincolnshire and featured speakers from Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and Virgin East Coast Trains.

But it was Mr Wills’ revelation that, in fact, two roundabouts are planned – one for the Peppermint Junction and the other for the A151 itself, as part of a residential and commercial development in Holbeach that caught the attention of the 40 or so delegates at the conference.

Mr Wills said: “Transport that benefits Spalding isn’t only based in Spalding and this is especially true when you consider the fact that we’ve got to build about 100,000 homes in south Lincolnshire over the next 20 years.

“The A17/A151 Holbeach Peppermint Junction roundabouts are a solution to a long-standing traffic and safety problem and we’re looking to start that work in about the middle of 2016.

“We’ve pretty much got the funding and there will be new housing attached to the scheme which we would like to have to fill in the land between the roundabouts.”

More than half the money will come from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, with potentially up to £1 million coming by way of a contribution from developers planning to build up to 900 new homes in Holbeach.

But Mr Wills brought less good news about a campaign to reopen Littleworth rail station in Deeping St Nicholas, the case for which he described as “weak”.

“It’s a strong ambition of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum to reopen Littleworth station to passengers,” Mr Wills said.

“But a report we commissioned to review this work, passenger numbers and costs concluded that the case for re-opening the station is weak.”