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A17 at Sutton Bridge, A16 at Cowbit and A151 at Whaplode all facing closures



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Highways chiefs have been criticised for planning overnight closures to all three of South Holland’s major roads in one go.

Full night time closures of the A17 at Sutton Bridge started this week as part of major ongoing works - and will continue for three days a week throughout May.

The A16 will also be shut overnight for the next couple of weeks around Cowbit roundabout - and highways has also now scheduled in night time works for the A151 at Whaplode from May 16.

All three of South Holland's major roads are facing closure
All three of South Holland's major roads are facing closure

Although the A16 and A151 works should not overlap, both clash with the Cross Keys Bridge closures.

Mroof Choudry, who runs Pinchbeck-based Royal Taxis and Cockrams courier service, said: “That’s a bit out of order, doing them all in one go.

“We have suffered a lot with roadworks recently - especially around Winsover Road.”

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott said: “The planning is not conducive to what the public expect.

“People do travel at night and that’s going to cause a problem.”

He said other areas are more of a priority - pointing to the poor state of the junction of King’s Road and Pinchbeck Road in Spalding.

He added: “While they are doing these works they are not doing bits that really need doing. I don’t know what the strategy is.”

However, South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth says it might be good to get the works done together.

He said: “If it was during the day it would be a complete nightmare.

“It’s one of those things that has to be done. Whether they have to be done at the same time, well I guess it gets it out of the way in one fell swoop. I have got a bit of sympathy for that.”

He said the highways maintenance programme flags up issues under the surface, which - along with the status of the roads - would explain why these are being tackled before others in a much poorer state.



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