South Holland District Council deputy leader and Lincolnshire Chamber of Trade welcome the bid for £20m to improve the A16 between Spalding and Boston
A £20million bid will be made to improve the A16 between Spalding and Boston, with the aim of cutting journey times and boosting industry.
The bid – which includes plans to dual a section of the busy road through Kirton – is being made as part of the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.
Councillors discussed the proposals at yesterday’s Lincolnshire County Council Executive meeting, and they have now been given the go-ahead to submit the application.
It is hoped the scheme would reduce congestion and accidents on the road. Junctions would be improved at the A16/A151 Spalding (Springfields), A16/B1180 Spalding (Greencell) and the A16 (Marsh Lane) on the outskirts of Boston.
South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth says the plans could be great for the local food industry too.
“It links into ambitions of having an enlarged port which would benefit the food industry particularly,” he said.
“Boats are trying to avoid coming into larger ports, so if they could come into Boston from Rotterdam it would make their route much more economical. It would allow them to be much more competitive.
“Five or ten minutes shaved off of a road journey means a lot to these people, and clearly what’s good for Boston is probably good for us as well.
“A lot of the food businesses are based in Spalding, and so by improving that road infrastructure that’s definitely going to make a difference.
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens.”
Simon Beardsley, chief executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The levelling-up fund provides a great opportunity for Lincolnshire and in particular the investment in local infrastructure.
“In the south of the county we are home to some of the largest UK fresh produce importing and logistics businesses, with 30% of UK food transported through South Holland and 1,200 HGVs of food and fresh produce leaving the area every day.
“So it is absolutely vital that we support businesses and encourage growth of this important sector by improving infrastructure, providing efficient and effective supply routes.”
Planners also hope to improve cycling and walking.