End in sight to town’s traffic nightmare

DIGGING DEEP: Western Power's Dave Price beside the 'Ditch Witch' machine that bored under the riverbed. SG210115-127TW
DIGGING DEEP: Western Power's Dave Price beside the 'Ditch Witch' machine that bored under the riverbed. SG210115-127TW

Seven weeks of motoring misery – sparked by Western Power Distribution’s £7million cable laying work to improve Spalding’s electricity supply – are almost at an end.

Albion Street, which was closed on February 2 while workmen drilled under the riverbed to install two 130m ducts to carry power cables, is due to re-open tomorrow (Friday) night.

The chaos began in early January with traffic lights all around the Twin Bridges and queues backing up in all directions, including Holbeach Road up to the A16 bypass.

At that time it was taking 30 minutes to travel by car from McDonald’s along the Holbeach Road and High Street route into town.

Road users in Pinchbeck Road and West Elloe Avenue have also been hit.

A spokesman for Western Power said yesterday: “All the work is still on schedule and Albion Street and the bridge by West Elloe roundabout are due to open on Friday evening.

“As planned, there will just be some minor works next week on Albion Street, which shouldn’t affect traffic, and some work on West Elloe Avenue, which will be managed with stop/go boards and will be finished by Friday, February 27.”