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Transport campaigners fear Spalding could get a reputation for being a nightmare to drive around if people don’t plan ahead for the future now.

Members of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum have placed congestion as one of their key priorities for the coming years - amid fears that large scale housing developments are going to pile more pressure on an already-struggling road system.

There are regular tailbacks on Winsover Road and Pinchbeck Road - especially when level crossings are down - but the forum feels that this is merely a taste of what could happen.

Cars wait at the level crossing
Cars wait at the level crossing

It has pointed to plans for hundreds of homes in Pinchbeck - including 96 on the Redmile Nurseries site off Wardentree Lane and 72 near the Johnson Hospital - and says these will pile the pressure on to those roads if the authorities don’t come together and plan ahead.

Chairman George Scott said: “You haven’t seen anything yet.

“I haven’t got a crystal ball but I can see that unless we get people together to talk then we are going nowhere.

George Scott. (50418966)
George Scott. (50418966)

“I think things are going to change in the next ten or 15 years, if not before that.

“It’s going to get rather busy - it’s getting busy now already.

“We have got problems with the level crossings - what’s it going to be like when there’s more traffic? People complain about that already.

“You can imagine what’s going to happen. We need to forward plan - to look at what can be done in the future to alleviate these things.”

The forum has recently reformed after a break - and has now filled a series of appointments.

Mr Scott will serve as chairman and Jack McLean has taken on the post of vice chairman.

Ben Sears will represent the forum on Pedals - Spalding’s cycling action group - and John Boland will be treasurer.

The group is still looking for a secretary - and Mr Scott wants more members to join so that the area can have a strong voice on transport matters.

Mr Scott said: “If people are going to be apathetic then they are going to get what they deserve.

“We have really got to get people to join us to make their voice heard.

“Individuals make no difference, groups do.”

The forum has previously lobbied for improved rail services - and is pleased with this year’s more regular connections to Peterborough and Lincoln.

Talks with rail and bus operators continue - including LNER which runs services from Peterborough to London and Scotland.

Residents have previously complained that buses and trains don’t work in tandem and that commuting to places such as Lincoln is not straightforward on public transport.

Mr Scott said: “The thing is, if we can get all these people together rather than work in silos we can get an integrated system where it won’t be too difficult to get from one place to another.”

As well as congestion, the forum’s other two key priorities will be speeding - with fears already expressed about the dangers of Pinchbeck Road at night - and cycling.

To join the forum, or find out more, visit www.spaldingtransportforum.co.uk

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