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Spalding councillor's hopes for notorious Halmer Gate to become 20mph



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A councillor hopes a 20mph speed limit will be imposed on a busy road which has seen three crashes involving school children.

Coun Rob Gibson is hoping that a potential traffic order to reduce the speed limit in Spalding town centre could be extended to Halmer Gate following a series of crashes.

A Year 8 Spalding Academy student was taken to hospital after being hit by a double decker bus in June, with further incidents reported in June and October.

Rob Gibson (46683145)
Rob Gibson (46683145)

Coun Gibson, who sits on both South Holland District and Lincolnshire County Councils, has been meeting with highways officials in recent months to look at improvements in Halmer Gate.

He said: “I don’t want to see any more accidents on Halmer Gate so I am pushing hard for improvements.

“A traffic reduction order seems to be going on about a potential 20mph limit in Spalding town centre. I have been asking if it is possible to add Halmer Gate onto that.

Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309947)
Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309947)

“The question is there to see if it is a possibility but there is no guarantee. I don’t want to give false hopes or raise expectations.”

Coun Gibson has been meeting with highways officials to discuss a number of issues along the road, including signs and lines.

He also said that there were frustrations due to people parking on double yellow lines at the end of the junctions.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309910)
Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309910)

Coun Gibson said: “There are lots of issues, not just safety of children and we hope we can tackle some of them.

“There is quite a lot going on with it and I am trying to get everyone together.”

He is also hoping to meet with Spalding Academy to discuss potential solutions for the issues along Halmer Gate.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309945)
Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309945)

Coun Gibson added: “We also keep talking about cycle routes. It would be nice to have a route that goes from Spalding town centre all the way out of the the town.”

Halmer Gate is currently covered in potholes and ruts, and resurfacing work is due to take place next year.

It had been scheduled for August but was delayed until next spring due to rising costs.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (48646921)
Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (48646921)


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