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Crowland A16 junctions trial opposed by town leaders due to 'serious concerns'




Plans for an 18-month trial of changes to traffic flows on the A16 in Crowland have been branded "inadequate" by town leaders.

Details of proposed changes at the A16's junction with the B1166 Hulls Drove and James Road, as well as the B1040 Thorney Road, were outlined in the Lincolnshire Free Press last week.

A letter from Crowland county councillor Nigel Pepper revealed that one of the changes, due to start "early in the new year", would leave drivers approaching Crowland from Spalding no longer able to turn right onto James Road.

Campaigners concerned about driver safety at the A16/B1166 Radar Junction in Crowland, including district councillor Bryan Alcock and county councillor Nigel Pepper (front left and second left).Photo: SG-171018-003TW
Campaigners concerned about driver safety at the A16/B1166 Radar Junction in Crowland, including district councillor Bryan Alcock and county councillor Nigel Pepper (front left and second left).Photo: SG-171018-003TW

In addition, vehicles would not be allowed to turn right onto the A16 from James Road or Hulls Drove, with the same restriction applying to Thorney Road where drivers coming from Spalding would not be able to turn right and enter Crowland.

But the plans are opposed by Crowland Parish Council whose chairman, Coun David Kempton, has told county highways leaders that they are "an inadequate response to the fundamentally poor design", particularly of the B1166 "Radar Junction".

In a letter on behalf of fellow members, Coun Kempton said: "The parish council wishes to make you aware of our serious concerns and disappointment that the highways authority did not consider it appropriate to consult with us prior to making the decision.

Coun David Kempton, chairman of Crowland Parish Council.Photo by Philip Green.
Coun David Kempton, chairman of Crowland Parish Council.Photo by Philip Green.

"Our concerns are over both the increased risk of collisions near the junctions, as well as the unclassified diversionary roads, and the significant inconvenience to local road users in our parish.

"Many of the alternative, unclassified routes are poorly maintained and quite unsuitable for HGVs.

"The B1040 and B1166 are the only east-west routes into Crowland and the proposed diversions will cause considerable inconvenience to our parishioners, as well as potentially damaging the economy of our town."

Karen Cassar, the county council's assistant director for highways, said: "Given the accident history at the A16/B1166 junction, it is vital that something is done.

"However, as we have said before, we simply do not have the necessary funding to install a roundabout, having already put in new speed cameras and signs to combat speeding.

"Barriers to prevent manoeuvres as part of the trial, and to reduce the chances of a collision, are only being introduced on a trial basis and we will be monitoring their impact closely."

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