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Spalding councillor fears accident will happen on A16 as children cross to get to McDonald's

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An accident is going to happen as children cross the A16 to get to a fast food restaurant, a councillor has warned.

County and district councillor Rob Gibson says he has witnessed a near miss involving a child crossing the A16 between McDonald’s and Spalding.

Lincolnshire County Council had initially included a footbridge at the roundabout within its £20 million plans to improve the A16, but it was dropped as it did not offer ‘value for money’ due to the pedestrian count. Coun Gibson told Monday’s Weston annual parish meeting that it ‘scares the living death out’ of him watching children cross that road.

Rob Gibson (56332560)
Rob Gibson (56332560)

He said: “The bridge has been dropped but they are going to widen the road so it is going to make it worse. I saw a young lad cross the road. A lorry stopped and he went past it and a nearly took him out. An accident is going to happen.”

Sam Edwards, Head of Highways Infrastructure, said: “Although a foot/cycle bridge was considered in the initial stages of our Levelling Up funding bid, the pedestrian counts we’ve carried out for the roundabout have shown that the cost for building the bridge, in excess of £2million, would not offer good value for money based on demand. As a result, we’ve removed the bridge from the scope of the scheme.

“Instead, and similar to other major roundabouts across the county that have been made bigger, the updated design will include dropped kerbs with tactile paving at all of the roundabout’s splitter islands, entries and exits.

“Pedestrians will be able to cross from these locations when it is safe to do so. If demand increases in the future, a foot/cycle bridge could be planned for and built over the roundabout if suitable funding can be identified.”

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