Trains gridlock threat: drivers stay away

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Drivers have stayed away from Spalding this morning (Saturday) to avoid the threatened roads gridlock with 113 East Coast mainline trains diverted through the town.

Car parks that are usually rammed on a busy market day still had scores of spaces at 10am.

The scene at Winsover Road level crossing this morning. ANL-150228-112313001

The scene at Winsover Road level crossing this morning. ANL-150228-112313001

Drivers were staying put at home, leaving their cars at home and walking into town – or coming into Spalding via the A16 and then using either Holbeach Road or Halmer Gate to avoid the town’s four level crossings.

Police were on the scene at the crossing in Winsover Road, known locally as the Eight Gates, but traffic was lighter than a normal Saturday.

One passer-by told the Spalding Guardian: “We’ve left the car at home – we’re walking in.”

Trains are due to run through town at the rate of six or seven an hour until 10pm, when Winsover Road crossing will close until 9am tomorrow for the overnight demolition of the signal box.

Police on the scene at Winsover Road level crossing as an East Coast Trains service came through Spalding this morning. ANL-150228-112325001

Police on the scene at Winsover Road level crossing as an East Coast Trains service came through Spalding this morning. ANL-150228-112325001

Between 10am and 11am today, four intercity, non-stop services passed through the Winsover Road crossing - two trains were just two minutes apart with barriers down for around three minutes each time – but the traffic queues that built up were quickly dispersed.