Have your say on Peppermint Junction roundabout plan at exhibition

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Lincolnshire County Council is seeking views on its proposal to replace Peppermint Junction with a roundabout connecting the A17 to the A151.

A second roundabout would provide access to housing and commercial development land off the A151.

The council is also seeking views on a proposal to create a dual carriageway from the new roundabout on the A17 to the existing Boston Road roundabout

Some motorists currently avoid the junction –preferring to travel through the centre of Holbeach, creating a rat run and restricting opportunities for growth in the town.

As part of the proposals there would be no vehicular access between Northon’s Lane and the A151.

Executive member for highways and transportation, Coun Richard Davies said: “The benefits of this scheme are two-fold; not only will it help improve safety in a location where there have been several collisions, it will also help to reduce traffic flow through the town centre and provide access to prime development land.

“Having considered many options we have decided that the most effective option would be two roundabouts.

“To help us to bring this scheme to fruition we are seeking views from residents before undertaking the design work which will lead to submission of a planning application later this year.”

In the past eight years there have been 14 collisions resulting in injury near the junction. This has led to improved signage being installed in the area as well as new lines and a high friction surface to help emergency braking in a bid to reduce collisions.

A spokesman for the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “This junction has been the site of a number of collisions and, despite some positive improvements, we have only seen a slight reduction in casualties and collisions.

“We welcome the decision to install a roundabout at this location.”

As part of the consultation process, which will run from September 15 to October 2, an exhibition is being held on Thursday, September 17, between noon and 7pm at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, located at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus, for people wanting to find out more information on the proposals. The responses will be used to influence the final design.

If planning permission is granted for improvements to the junction it is hoped further consultation on the legal orders required to undertake the Peppermint Junction scheme would take place in spring 2016 with work expected to start on site by autumn 2016.

The roundabouts are expected to cost in the region of £4m. A provisional £2.4m has been secured from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the remaining funds to come from developers and the county council.

The council is also seeking views on a proposal to create a dual carriageway from the new roundabout on the A17 to the existing Boston Road roundabout, if additional funding becomes available.

The event on September 17 will also be an opportunity to comment on a draft proposal promoted by Robert Doughty Consultancy for around 1,000 homes to be built on land to the east of the A151.

A link to the online consultation will be available on the Peppermint Junction page at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/major-highways-works from September 15 to October 2.