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Traffic census sites pop up around Spalding

Spalding drivers are being flagged down to stop at seven census points so they can collect a questionnaire to post later giving details of their journey.

The step is part of a massive survey costing £65,000 on town traffic movements that began on April 16, when cameras and monitoring equipment were set up at about 60 sites.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said data from the seven census sites will be analysed by specialists.

The county council spokesman said: "As undertaking traffic surveys is a very specialist and niche area of expertise, the company carrying out the work in Spalding was selected as they are experts in this type of research."

Some motorists are picking up several questionnaires as they drive around town and they are being requested to complete details for each journey.

Among the census points are a site at High Bridge, a spot near the hospital on Pinchbeck Road and another near McDonald's.

Coun Richard Davies, the county council’s executive member for highways and transport, recently explained: “We will be using a variety of data-gathering tools to gain a better understanding of how traffic currently moves in and around Spalding.

“By collecting up-to-date traffic flow and journey time statistics, we can use it to support the development and planning process for the Spalding Western Relief Road which will help reduce delays and congestion in the town centre, particularly as the amount of passing rail freight increases over the coming years.

“This information will also help support future funding bids to help offset the cost of the relief road by serving as supporting evidence of the need to improve traffic flow in town.”

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