Drivers urged to ‘give junction a chance’

Coun Christine Lawton at the newly-improved Pinchbeck Road/Woolram Wygate  junction, which is due to reopen today.
Coun Christine Lawton at the newly-improved Pinchbeck Road/Woolram Wygate junction, which is due to reopen today.
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DRIVERS are being urged to give a new road layout a chance when roadworks come to an end on Pinchbeck Road.

New traffic lights are due to be switched on between noon and 1pm today, signalling the end of a 12-week improvement at the Woolram Wygate junction.

The works have involved widening Pinchbeck Road to three lanes, with a new filter light installed for traffic turning right into Woolram Wygate.

Woolram Wygate has also had separate lanes added for traffic turning left and right onto Pinchbeck Road.

Both South Holland district councillors for the Spalding Wygate ward have said they are happy to see the end of the roadworks and “cautiously” welcomed the improvements.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “I am slightly cautious about it because I think it’s very limited in what it was trying to do in regard to extra lanes.

“Any improvement is welcome to reduce traffic pollution and disturbance along there, so I’m glad it is done and now I hope people pay attention how to use the junction and there are no accidents while it beds in.”

And Mr Gambba-Jones said he believed the junction before the roadworks was not as bad as many said it was.

He said: “The build-up of traffic there was unusual for this area, but if you go to any other town those kind of queues are standard.”

Coun Christine Lawton said she hopes the changes to the junction layout bring relief to the people of Wygate Park housing development.

She said: “It’s not an ideal situation but it will be a great deal better than it was and it should make life easier for people.

“These alterations are the best we could get in the circumstances and I believe everyone will heave a sigh of relief that the roadworks are coming to an end because it has taken a long time.

“It’s not perfect but it is a vast improvement.”

l Roadworks in Spalding’s Swan Street are set to continue until December 16. It is not yet clear whether the road will reopen as there is currently a month-long consultation with businesses and residents which could lead to its permanent closure.