Junction traffic flow to improve

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IMPROVEMENTS to a controversial junction in Spalding have been given the all-clear by South Holland’s councillors.

Members of South Holland District Council’s development control committee decided to approve two condition compliance applications relating to the junction of Pinchbeck Road and Woolram Wygate.

It means Woolram Wygate will be widened to provide three lanes, with three lanes also in each direction on Pinchbeck Road in a bid to improve traffic flow.

The conditions relate to housing developments by Broadgate Homes and Kier Homes, previously Allison Homes.

Improvements should have been made to the junction before the 66th homes were occupied.

Roger Smith, objecting on behalf of Spalding cycle action group Pedals at Wednesday’s meeting, said the improvements did nothing for cyclists.

“We know full well that changes are needed here to reduce traffic congestion at busy times,” he said.

“What is wrong is that the changes proposed only benefit motorists. There should be a better balance between the needs of motorists and other road users, especially cyclists.

“This can be achieved, despite the limitations of the extent of the highway, etc.”

However, Coun Stephen Williams said he felt the “best design” had come out of the work.

“The sooner the better” for the work, agreed Coun Christine Lawton. Commenting on the problems at the junction, Coun Chris Brewis said he found it “frustrating to spend so long dithering” along the road and “did not know what it was like” for those who had to drive along the road every day.

“Get on with it,” he added.