Business leaders wanting the A16 to be dualled to keep South Holland as the home of the UK food industry have been backed by a top county councillor.
Coun Richard Davies, in charge of highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council. has pledged to look at “the most feasible options” for “improving capacity” on the A16 between Spalding and Peterborough.
A number of meetings have taken place between industry leaders and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings about the future of food production and distribution in south Lincolnshire.
The most recent meeting took place at Spalding-based fruit and vegetable importer FESA at the end of January when Mr Hayes was told that 75 per cent of freight in South Holland was related to the food sector.
Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett, who attended the FESA meeting, said: “I met with Lincolnshire County Council officials last year to talk about highways and transport improvements within the county.
“But it was obvious that they had no plans to do anything beyond Sleaford and they didn’t appreciate the volume of transport from businesses in this area.”
But Coun Davies said: “The county council is exploring options to improve capacity and reduce accidents on the main economic corridors within Lincolnshire on the A16, A17 and A15.
“Some further work is currently underway to cost the most feasible options and determine the benefits which include the adding of extra lanes.”