MP takes up new Crowland A16 road safety drive

SAFETY TALKS: John Hayes MP (right) meets with Couns Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Crowland, Richard Davies, executive member for transport at Lincolnshire County Council, and David Barfoot, of Shepeau Stow, at the A16 "Radar Junction" in Crowland.  Photo by Michael Fysh.  SG310516-09MF.
SAFETY TALKS: John Hayes MP (right) meets with Couns Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Crowland, Richard Davies, executive member for transport at Lincolnshire County Council, and David Barfoot, of Shepeau Stow, at the A16 "Radar Junction" in Crowland. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG310516-09MF.
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South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes is to meet with Government transport officials next week for talks about a fatal crash in Crowland.

A woman in her 70s and a man, both from Spalding, died when a silver Peugeot 206 they were in collided with a HGV near a roundabout on the A16 Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border on Monday morning.

The crash brings to ten the number of people killed on the 13.7 mile (22km) bypass linking Spalding and Eye, near Peterborough, since it was opened in October 2011.

Formal identification of the two victims has not yet been completed but, speaking to the Spalding Guardian on Tuesday, Mr Hayes said: “This accident is indeed tragic and I must say how sorry I am for all those who have suffered accordingly.

“I’ve been pushing the issue of safety on the A16 very hard since I went back to the Department for Transport (DfT) (as a Minister in July 2016).

“I’ve also met with the chairman of Lincolnshire Highways Authority to discuss some of the safety issues.

This accident is indeed tragic and I must say how sorry I am for all those who have suffered accordingly

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings

“But I’ll happily take this up again when I am back at the DfT next week.”

Monday’s deaths brought the number of fatalities on Lincolnshire’s road so far this year to nine.

But more grimly, nine deaths and 17 serious injuries have taken place on the A16 Crowland bypass since it was first opened in October 2011.

Coun David Ringham, chairman of Crowland Parish Council, said: “Monday’s accident was in a different area of the A16 to those we’re concerned about it.

“But it’s very tragic and, as far as Crowland is concerned, we’ve been here before.

“Average speed cameras have been put up in other areas and they seem to be working, with people watching their speed more at the times when I’ve driven there.

“However, I don’t think anything the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has done would have made a difference in the case of this accident.”

County highways officials have pledged to work with the DfT in monitoring safety on the A16, including the results shown by six speed cameras in place on the bypass since last December.

However, South Holland District Council member for Crowland, Coun Bryan Alcock, said: “The average speed cameras have made a difference, resulting in the speed on the road generally appearing to have reduced.

“However, there are now even longer convoys of vehicles which makes getting onto the A16 at the two notorious junctions in Crowland quite a long process sometimes and some drivers join the road when they shouldn’t.

“This has also resulted in even more traffic using the old A1073 in Crowland to beat the convoys, as well as more and more vehicles travelling through Cowbit.

“As the two junctions remain dangerous to use, I believe the solution would be to dual the section between the two junctions, resulting in much safer roundabouts instead of the much hated junctions at Thorney Road and ‘Radar Tower’.”