Holbeach mum’s Peppermint safety effort gets a boost

Holbeach mum-of-two Paula Hayes is getting positive response to her calls for a pedestrian crossing at the Boston Road and A17 junction.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach mum-of-two Paula Hayes is getting positive response to her calls for a pedestrian crossing at the Boston Road and A17 junction. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A campaign by a Holbeach mum-of-two for a pedestrian crossing on the A17 has received new hope from the man in charge of Lincolnshire’s road.

More than 750 people have signed a petition calling for a crossing at the junction of Boston Road and the A17 as part of a £5 million project to improve Peppermint Junction with a new roundabout linking the A17 and A151.

This is remedying one ill-conceived, dangerous and outdated road junction by creating another potential accident blackspot a bit further along the A17 at the Boston Road roundabout

Paula Hayes of Kennedy Road, Holbeach

The petition was launched by Paula Hayes, of Kennedy Road, Holbeach, who described the Boston Road/A17 junction as “inherently dangerous”, a view backed up by figures from Lincolnshire County Council which showed that 22 collisions resulting in injury had happened there in the past ten years.

Pedestrian Crossing Across A17 At Boston Road, Holbeach

Paula said: “I wrote to the council and said that whilst I appreciate the benefit of the proposed plan for Peppermint Junction and understand the intention to alleviate Holbeach of heavy traffic, there is no provision included for a suitable pedestrian crossing as part of this plan.

“This is therefore remedying one ill-conceived, dangerous and outdated road junction by creating another potential accident blackspot a bit further along the A17 at the Boston Road roundabout.

“There is a safe, traffic light-controlled crossing on the A16 Kirton roundabout and pedestrian crossing signs on both sides of the duelled A17 near Sleaford.

“I can’t see why the Boston Road roundabout should be any different.”

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are currently looking at the possibility of making improvements to increase the capacity of Boston Road roundabout at the same time as we undertake the proposed works to nearby Peppermint Junction.

“This includes looking at the feasibility of installing a pedestrian crossing point near to Boston Road roundabout as this will enable us to explore funding options for such work.”

Work on the A17/A151 Peppermint Junction in Holbeach is due to start next year after planning permission was granted last week.

The junction will be replaced with a new, main roundabout connecting the A17 to the A151, as well as a second roundabout leading to land for potential new housing and business premises either side of the A151.

It is hoped these changes will improve safety and also reduce traffic through the centre of Holbeach.

Holbeach Rural county councillor William Webb, also chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I use the A17 daily so I’ll be very pleased to see this new roundabout, now that planning permission has been granted.”

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