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Senior South Holland councillor is confident that Spalding to Boston A16 upgrade will go ahead

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A senior councillor says he’s confident that plans to upgrade the A16 should still go ahead - despite the Government facing a legal challenge.

Lincolnshire County Council has submitted a bid for £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund to pay for a string of improvements to the A16 between Spalding and Boston.

Last week, the High Court granted permission for the Good Law Project to legally challenge the £4.8 billion fund, which it says is being used to bring political benefit to the Conservative Party.

Coun Nick Worth is confident that the upgrade will go ahead
Coun Nick Worth is confident that the upgrade will go ahead

Coun Nick Worth said it was ‘hard to disagree’ with the campaigners’ notion - with Holbeach missing out on millions of pounds in favour of more marginal constituencies this year.

He feels the legal challenge might end up forcing the Government to spread cash around more evenly in the future - and says this could benefit our area, a safe Conservative seat.

Despite that, however, he believes the A16 project will not be jeopardised.

The A16 roundabout with A151 near Springfields
The A16 roundabout with A151 near Springfields

Coun Worth said: “I would be surprised if it stopped it - partly because that’s very much part of the county council’s highways plan for the future anyway.

“I think it’s something that’s very much on their radar and I would be fairly confident that it will go ahead.

“It’s a key road for our agrifood and transport businesses in particular. If they can save a few minutes here or there by cutting out pinch points it’s a big benefit.”

The county council hopes to hear on the success of its bid in the autumn.

The authority wants to build a walking and cycling bridge over the A16/A151 McDonald’s roundabout - and install a new lane for traffic there too. It also wants to widen the A16/B1180 roundabout and create a dual carriageway between the Kirton and Sutterton roundabouts.

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