HIGHWAYS bosses are urging the public to have their say on plans for a new road they hope will relieve Spalding’s traffic troubles.
Lincolnshire County Council is running a consultation on a “western relief” road, and is holding four events to explain its plans – starting tomorrow.
The road will link the Holland Park housing development with a new roundabout on Bourne Road and council bosses say they are trying to act before the installation of the new homes and the increase in rail freight traffic, which will leave level crossings closed for longer periods.
As we revealed last month, the proposed new road is the second part of a three phase project.
The first would link Spalding Common to Holland Park, with a bridge over the railway, while the third phase would connect Bourne Road to to the B1356 Spalding Road in Pinchbeck near Enterprise Way – making a full western bypass of the town.
The first phase already has outline planning permission and the council will seek planning permission for this second phase next year.
Project Leader Jonathan Wickham said: “We’d like to know what people think about the two options that are being proposed.
“Both of these routes are designed to minimise any impact on residents and businesses.
“The routes go through allotments, which would be replaced nearby.
“With the train barriers set to be down for 20 minutes an hour from December 2013 as Network Rail divert freight trains from the East Coast Main Line, and with more housing and traffic growth expected, the new road would provide an important route over the railway.”
The first public consultation meeting takes place tomorrow from 3pm to 7.30pm at the Red Lion Quarter in Spalding. The venue hosts a second event from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday.
Pinchbeck Baptist Church hall hosts a third on Monday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and the final consultation event takes place from 3.30pm to 7.30pm at Deeping St Nicholas Village Hall on Tuesday.
Residents can also respond using forms currently being sent out or by using the details on pages 16 and 17 of today’s paper, which also shows a map of the planned road.
The consultation closes on August 26.