Reducing turning and crossing options at B1166 junctions with the A16 at Crowland are in the spotlight as highways chiefs focus on cutting the accident toll.
A roundabout – the preferred option of county councillor and ward member Nigel Pepper – is still on the radar but could prove prohibitively expensive with £1million mentioned as a ballpark cost.
I still maintain that a roundabout would be the safest option.Coun Nigel Pepper
South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes met the county council’s executive member for highways, Coun Richard Davies, and other councillors on the spot, also known as Radar Corner, on Tuesday.
Mr Hayes has pledged to support the council in an approach to Government for cash to carry out safety measures for a road that’s claimed eight lives in its first five years.
The MP would also like to see A16 part-dualling for safer overtakes, but says no-one should expect it to be dualled along its length.
He said: “Governments of all persuasions don’t build roads and then rebuild them.”
Mr Hayes said Coun Davies told him the cost of a roundabout would be around £1m and the MP says building one could prove too disruptive for traffic using the road.
Coun Pepper said: “I think we have got to look at all possible ways to make the junctions safer, which could include having less traffic entering the central reservation. I still maintain that a roundabout would be the safest option.”
Coun Pepper describes the junctions as “scary”.
Coun Davies said on Tuesday: “Today’s meeting was very useful to understand local concerns surrounding this junction, especially those about traffic travelling from the east to west.
“We are currently carrying out a feasibility study which will consider options for improvements to the junction and associated costs. All of the comments from today’s meeting will be fed into this study. We will then be in a position to consider any recommendations for improving the junction into the future.”