South Holland NFU continue to press for answers on Radar Corner, Crowland
Readers will have read with interest details of the proposed changes at the junction of the A16 with the B1166 Hulls Drove and James Road which have been reported on in this publication on November 5 and 12.
At our recent AGM, major concerns were raised by our members. Whilst there was a general acknowledgement that the present junction layout has major shortcomings, members were concerned that there had been little if any consultation prior to the proposed changes.
The proposed barrier would result in the inability to either turn right or go straight over the junction when approaching from either Hulls Drove or James Road. These roads are used by local farmers typically for access to and returning produce from their fields to their stores in addition to the local domestic traffic.
Concerns were raised around the frustration to other road users and the risk of dangerous driving practices which could result in increases in collisions and the inherent danger to life.
In addition, the planned restrictions would see slow moving large agricultural vehicles forced to join the A16 for an approximate eight-mile detour. Not only would this add to transport costs but the resultant impact on traffic levels on what is already a congested road.
NFU Branch Chairman, Chris Carter, has raised these concerns with Sir John Hayes and Coun Nigel Pepper who are both supportive of the points raised and have communicated these to Coun Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways, Transport and IT at Lincolnshire County Council.
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The cursory response from Coun Richard Davies to Coun Pepper, does not address the points raised directly and declines the possibility of further discussions at this time.
The NFU will continue to press for answers to our concerns and the courtesy of a direct response.