Possible remedy for A15 crossing risk in Morton to cost £170,000

Morton Village Hall where a public meeting was held on A15 safety fears and the possibility of a four-way traffic lights system.
Morton Village Hall where a public meeting was held on A15 safety fears and the possibility of a four-way traffic lights system.

An end may be near for people taking risks to cross the A15 in Morton - but it could cost about £170,000.

At least 80 villagers were at a public meeting inside Morton Village Hall on Wednesday when plans to install a set of four-way traffic lights on the A15 Bourne Road, between Hanthorpe Road and High Street were revealed.

The A15 Bourne Road in Morton where four-way traffic lights could be installed at a cost of about �170,000.

The A15 Bourne Road in Morton where four-way traffic lights could be installed at a cost of about �170,000.

The idea was put forward by Coun Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, who was at the meeting alongside Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council members, Bourne Abbey county councillor Sue Woolley and county council leader Martin Hill.

Mum-of-three Charlie Nykoluk of Morton, who was at the meeting, said: “I have to be at the crossroads by 8.20am or else my kids won’t get to (Morton Primary School) on time because it’s so hard to cross.

“You almost have to dodge the cars which is horrible, so if traffic lights are the safest way to get my kids across that road then that has to be the only option.”

Parish council chairman Coun Richard Wells, who chaired the meeting, said: “Coun Davies had a look at the crossing before the meeting and then gave his opinions and thoughts to the audience.

“The proposal is that county highways put in a four-way traffic lights system, if funding is in place, after we consult with the residents.

“We’re heartened by the response from the county council because it’s an important issue and one we’ve been chipping away at over the years.

“But it’s not going to happen overnight and there’s a way to go yet.”

Parish councillors are due to meet tonight to review the meeting before continuing talks with county highways officers.

But Beth Hiblin, a transport consultant from Haconby, said: “I support the idea of traffic lights if that’s the safest option.

“They would make it easier for people to get out of Hanthorpe Road and High Street, especially if something is built on the King’s Head pub site.”

Coun Davies said: “We are keen to improve safety, even though Morton’s recent accident history means the junction isn’t a top priority, and a four-way traffic light system with pelican crossings is the best option.

“The discussion has to be about the community’s feelings as to what the solution is because traffic lights are contentious.

“It’s the safest way to get pedestrians across the road, but it does involve stopping traffic and would cost in the region of £170,000.

“Once the money is raised though, a crossing could be installed within six months.”