New road hailed as safer route

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COUNTY council bosses hailed the full opening of the new Spalding to Peterborough road as a “far safer” route that will cut journey times.

The A16 opened south of Crowland at 9am on Sunday morning, finally completing the full £80 million link and replacing the accident ridden old A1073.

The Spalding to Crowland section opened last August but a crack in the new embankment leading up to Car Dyke Bridge delayed the rest of the road.

The county council says some work still needs to be done to tidy the new stretch but that should not affect traffic.

Coun William Webb, executive member for highways, said: “I would like to thank the public for their patience over the past 12 months.

“We still have some tidying up to do near the new roundabout on the A47, and some additional landscaping too, which won’t impact on those using the new road. Motorists now have a far safer route to use and can reach their destination in less time too.”

Crowland parish councillor Reg Boot said he was pleased that the new stretch has space either side of the carriageway – unlike the dangerous dykes that ran parallel to the old route.