MP backs road safety fight in Gosberton

MP John Hayes (second left) with Coun Mick Pell, area highways manager Andy Wharff, David Casswell, Hilary Burt, parish council chairman Tim Smith and Coun John Clark. SG150716-114TW
MP John Hayes (second left) with Coun Mick Pell, area highways manager Andy Wharff, David Casswell, Hilary Burt, parish council chairman Tim Smith and Coun John Clark. SG150716-114TW

Newly appointed minister of transport John Hayes MP is backing Gosberton residents fighting for new road safety measures.

The South Holland and the Deepings MP met area highways manager Andy Wharff, parish councillors and residents to talk about problems centring on the volume and speed of traffic along High Street.

A van mounts a lorry to avoid a lorry travelling past parked cars outside the Co-op. SG150716-113TW

A van mounts a lorry to avoid a lorry travelling past parked cars outside the Co-op. SG150716-113TW

There are also concerns about the T-junction at the top of High Street, with near misses as drivers coming from the A17 mistake an exit lane for an entry lane, and accidents at the nearby Belchmire Lane T-junction with High Street.

Traffic issues were put back in the spotlight in November when a boy on his way to Gosberton Academy was clipped by a wing mirror.

Mr Hayes said: “We discussed a range of options in terms of measures that can be taken to affect both the volume and speed of traffic, ranging from some sort of crossing facility – although the county council were quite doubtful about that – through to changing the road markings, advising hauliers not to cut through the village, creating some sort of gated entrance rather like the one in Deeping St Nicholas and installing interactive speed cameras.

“I wanted to make sure that the parish council had my support. The county council were quite receptive to the range of ideas that we put forward and will report back.”

Mr Hayes says a lot of problems stem from the fact that the road is essentially a village high street, which residents want to cross in safety to reach shops and amenities, but is also used as a busy through route by traffic.

Previously ...

Plea from Gosberton: ‘Cut volume and speed of traffic before we see someone killed’

Your letters: ‘We support road safety battle at Gosberton’

Boy in collision with car outside Gosberton Academy