Worry as new A16 just ten days from fully opening

The scene of the latest crash on the new road between Spalding and Cowbit, close to where Zydrunas Kasauskas died on July 13. Photo NIKKI GRIFFIN SG041011-333NG
The scene of the latest crash on the new road between Spalding and Cowbit, close to where Zydrunas Kasauskas died on July 13. Photo NIKKI GRIFFIN SG041011-333NG
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POLICE have admitted they are concerned about dangerous driving on the new Spalding to Peterborough road – which is now just ten days away from being fully open.

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that the delayed opening of the A16 south of Crowland should finally happen on Sunday, October 16.

The £80million road was built to replace the old accident-ridden A1073 but has itself suffered from problems – with 12 reported collisions, including two serious injuries and the death of 22-year-old Zydrunas Kasauskas, since the Spalding to Crowland stretch opened last August.

Police are now using marked and unmarked cars 24 hours a day to track the speed of vehicles using the road and in one two-week blitz issued 100 fixed penalty notices.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the speed limit was 70mph. It is 60mph for cars and motorbikes, 50mph for small lorries and 40mph for larger ones.

Pc Sam Hall, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “As the road is so new, there’s a lack of visual reference points which makes it difficult for motorists to assess the speed of oncoming traffic.

“This leads to errors of judgement when overtaking and, combined with a general problem of lorries, cars and motorbikes exceeding the speed limit, it is not difficult to understand how any collision can result in very serious injury or death.

“The purpose of this multi-million pound road was to offer HGVs and commuters a safer alternative to the narrow A1073.

“It would be a tragedy if poor standards of driving and excessive speeding by users of the new road mean that we continue to experience loss of life and serious injury.”

The warning comes a day after the latest collision on the road.

On Tuesday at about 5.15pm a silver Ford Mondeo and a black Mercedes collided between Spalding and Cowbit.

Both vehicles were badly damaged and one woman, believed to be from Kent, suffered leg injuries.