‘No right turn’ idea to make junction safer

Safety fears: County highways officials are looking at a scheme to stop traffic turning right off the A17 into the A151.
Safety fears: County highways officials are looking at a scheme to stop traffic turning right off the A17 into the A151.
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Traffic could be banned from turning right into a “dangerous” junction in a bid to make it safer.

Residents and road users have been calling for a roundabout to be built at Peppermint Junction – where the A151 meets the busy A17.

But Lincolnshire County Council highways claims a roundabout would not be a cost effective solution, as in other parts of the county similar construction projects have cost in excess of £1million.

After a Freedom of Information request was made by Holbeach parish councillor Joan Woolard, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership manager Alan Ball revealed alternatives are being considered.

“We are also looking at an alternative scheme which bans the right-turn into the A151, meaning any driver wishing to do so would have to do an effective U-turn at the nearby roundabout.

“This will allow the existing road space to be re-allocated so that the junction can be moved out to afford greater visibility past left-turning vehicles into the A151.

“This option is currently being designed and costed and will be consulted on subsequently.”

The junction has also recently be investigated by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership as part of a local safety scheme.

Its figures show that in the three years to April 2012, there were two serious and eight minor injury accidents at the site, caused by a number of factors including obstructed vision and poor manoeuvring.

There have also been numerous minor shunts and near misses.

Spokesman John Siddle said: “At certain times of the day traffic is heavy and drivers need to be patient when attempting to pull out onto the A17.

“There is no guarantee a roundabout would solve these problems and as with all these things cost is always a consideration.”