Average speed cameras could appear on the A16 at Crowland by next June in a bid to cut the soaring death toll.
Eight people have been killed and 16 seriously injured in crashes on the Spalding to Crowland stretch since it opened in 2010 to replace the notorious “highway to death” – the A1073 – as a through-route.
... the majority of residents fear for their lives when crossing the A16 at these junctions.County councillor Nigel Pepper
The county’s first average speed cameras, put in nearly five years ago at Ropsley, near Grantham, have cut the number of crashes there by 57 per cent and seen a 70-plus per cent reduction in deaths and injuries.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spokesman John Siddle said there are people alive today who have been saved by those cameras – and he hopes an £85,000 system will bring the same results at Crowland.
Plans are in the early stages but Mr Siddle says the system is likely to cover the main junction into Crowland, up to and possibly beyond the B1166 junction to the north and more than likely the roundabout to the south of Crowland.
He says drivers emerging from side roads onto the A16 have an expectation that main road traffic is travelling at 60mph, but sometimes it can be up to 90mph.
“If they pull out, bang, it all goes wrong,” he said.
Community leaders in Crowland welcomed average speed cameras as a first step but have called for extra safety measures such as replacing junctions with roundabouts and installation of average speed cameras on James Road, which has become a rat run.
County councillor Nigel Pepper said: “We must not run away with the fact that this is the answer to our prayers as the A16/B166 and A16/B1040 junctions are both unsatisfactory and the majority of residents fear for their lives when crossing the A16 at these junctions.”