THE alignment of the Coronation Channel, the Welland and the railway force east/west traffic flows through the pinch points of the waterway bridges and the four significant rail level crossings, creating congestion hot spots.
The continuing expansion of residential development to the east will exacerbate the potential congestion hot spots if increased day time freight and hopefully passenger train traffic increases.
Road traffic congestion results from east/west through traffic along the alignment of the A151, the inward traffic flow with Spalding as its destination and the outward traffic flow from the town with destinations to the north, east and south.
Spalding is now classed as an East Midlands regional sub-centre with significant potential for increased industrial, commercial and service employment growth. There will be continued inward migration of workers and more retirees.
The current local plan focuses future residential development in Spalding primarily to the west of the railway remote from the existing town centre employment zones retail and commercial services, educational, medical, leisure and recreational facilities.
The consultation process provided no verifiable evidence that the proposed ‘relief road phase two’ would have any impact on reducing the east/west through traffic flow through Spalding or Knight Street, Pinchbeck, or the inward flow of traffic to access facilities in Spalding or provide a quicker more convenient for traffic originating in Spalding to destinations to the north, the east or the south.
A relief road that diverted east/west through traffic through Enterprise Park which bridges the railway north of the Vernatts Drain and rejoins the extant A151 somewhere near the Glen Bridge, West Pinchbeck, would be a more effective way of addressing congestion.
Phases one, two, three of this relief road proposal will be expensive to build.
Public funding will be increasingly difficult to access. Phase one will in effect be funded by a levy on the price of all the new 200-300 dwelling units to be built off Spalding Common through a planning consent that requires the developers to finance the road and rail bridge.
Finance for phase two and phase three will in the main come from a levy on new build properties. Residents living in these dwellings will continue to access the town centre on the existing road system until phases two and three are complete.
When phase two is complete travel to destinations to the north, east or west for most residents continue to be via the town centre.
The timing for the completion of all phases of the relief road will be determined through the vagaries of the housing market so there is no timetable for completion.
Write to John Hayes MP, Greg Shaps MP (Department of Communities), Phillip Hammond MP (Minister of Transport) and Network Rail.
Demand an amended phase three now.