Call for improvement to busy road junction in Crowland ahead of new house building push
Safety measures are needed at a busy road junction in Crowland before new homes are built in the town, it has been claimed.
Concerns about drivers using James Road as a cut-through to avoid the A16 between Crowland and Peterborough have been raised by ex-district councillor Angela Harrison.
With the potential of more than 500 new homes to be built in Crowland over the next 17 years, according to the new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, Mrs Harrison wants a mini-roundabout to be built at the junction of James Road and Peterborough Road.
Mrs Harrison said: "At peak times, a number of motorists travelling towards Peterborough on the A16 will cut through onto James Road, either at Radar Corner or Thorney Road, in order to beat the traffic to the roundabout.
"Motorists trying to leave Crowland, from Peterborough Road, are faced with long queues and vehicles travelling at vast speeds towards them.
"Since the instalment of average speed cameras on the A16, more motorists are opting to speed down James Road in order to gain priority at the Crowland roundabout.
"With an additional 100 houses currently being built off Crease Drove, plus a further 250 houses approved and another 108 applied for, this situation is only going to get worse.
"Some motorists will give up trying to get out from Peterborough Road and will, instead, drive through the centre of the town in order to exit via Thorney Road or Postland Road.
"This will exacerbate the problem of trying to exit from Peterborough Road and risk accidents elsewhere in the town.
"A mini roundabout at this junction would allow all vehicles to enter Crowland unhindered, whilst giving the motorists exiting the town priority over those travelling towards the junction from James Road."
Parish and district councillor Brian Alcock said: "It is obvious, from observations, that traffic does use James Road as a rat run to pass slow-moving vehicles and gain priority at the roundabout.
"It is also apparent that some travel at high speed and that, in the evening, quite a lot use it as a route through to Cowbit, Moulton Chapel and the Little London side of Spalding.
"For years, prior to the planning stage for the A16, Crowland Parish Council had lobbied for the traffic out of the town to have priority onto the roundabout because of the weight of traffic on the former A1073 (now James Road).
"In addition, the parish council has met with county highways officers and our county councillor, to try and persuade them that a speed limit should be placed on James Road, to discourage its use as a rat run, and the priorities to be changed at its junction with Peterborough Road.
"However, the county council was adamant that James Road is a perfectly good road capable of taking more traffic at the national speed limit."
District councillor Jim Astill said: "There does appear to be an amount of traffic that uses James Road in order to gain priority onto the A16.
"Regularly in the mornings queues on James Road towards Peterborough stretch from the roundabout back towards the Thorney Road junction.
"However, without a proper traffic survey, we can’t be 100 per sure if it is traffic from Crowland itself or traffic bypassing the A16.
"Angela has been campaigning for traffic priority changes at Thorney Road and James Road in order to improve the traffic flow out of Crowland as the 500 houses being built off Harvester Way will only add to the perceived issue.
"However, I see the issues at the B1166 Radar Corner junction as the immediate priority to be addressed."
Crowland district and county councillor Nigel Pepper said: "The problem is more acute in the morning during peak traffic flows where traffic travelling south will either turn off the A16 at the B1166 (Radar Junction) or will travel a little further south and turn off at the B1040 Thorney Road junction, thus taking priority at the Crowland roundabout. T
"The consequence of this is that traffic queues along Peterborough Road when exiting the James Road junction.
"This problem will undoubtedly get worse when the nearby developments are completed and a mini roundabout may be the solution,
"However, I have recently discussed the issue with county highway managers who are exploring the way forward with this issue."
Coun Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council member for highways, said: "We are aware of the issues at the junction and will be looking at potential ways of addressing local concerns."