Holbeach: Pressure mounting for A17 roundabout

Peppermint Junction, where the A151 joins the A17.
Peppermint Junction, where the A151 joins the A17.
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RENEWED calls have been made for a roundabout to help reduce accidents at a dangerous junction.

It is feared more people could be hurt at what is known locally as 
Peppermint Junction, where the A151 meets the A17 near Holbeach, as motorists struggle to pull out into heavy and fast-moving traffic.

After another minor accident at the junction last week, Holbeach councillor Nick Worth said he intends to bring more pressure to bear on Lincolnshire County Council to consider paying around £1.5m to install a roundabout.

He said: “The more accidents there are, the more pressure we need to exert to get a roundabout.

“I really want to see a roundabout there and as the county council owns a lot of the land I am going to push them to pay for it.

“I have the backing of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, but they don’t have the kind of money necessary.

“In the meantime, it is proposing some minor changes, but my fear is that they will create more problems, so I will continue pushing for a roundabout.

“It is the only answer to making the junction safer.”

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has confirmed the junction is currently under investigation as a part of a local safety scheme.

Its figures show that in the three years to April 2012, there were two serious and eight minor injury accidents at the site, caused by a number of factors including obstructed vision and poor manoeuvring.

There have also been numerous minor shunts and near misses.

Spokesman John Siddle said: “At certain times of the day traffic is heavy and drivers need to be patient when attempting to pull out onto the A17.

“There is no guarantee a roundabout would solve these problems and as with all things cost is a consideration.

“Highways engineers working on a county council safety scheme for Peppermint Junction, are looking at ways to create more visibility for emerging traffic, more space for traffic turning left onto the A151 and better visibility of through traffic.

“We believe this will give us the most cost effective approach to achieving casualty reduction at this site.”