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Spalding Western Relief Road 'long term answer' to town congestion woes

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The new Spalding Western Relief Road has been hailed as the only long term answer to the town’s congestion headaches.

Large queues regularly build up in and around Pinchbeck Road/Spalding Road when the level crossings in Park Road and Woolram Wygate are down - as well as on Winsover Road.

A potential increase in freight traffic - anticipated in the county transport strategy - would bring fears of further delays.

Spalding Western Relief Road construction site.
Spalding Western Relief Road construction site.

South Holland district council deputy leader Nick Worth said: “The western relief road is the answer to that one - but obviously not a quick answer. That’s the only way around that.”

Work to the road was due to begin in the late spring/early summer this year but has now been postponed until the new year after delays in getting the land deals signed.

The construction of the north section will link Spalding Road to the Vernatt’s Drain - with two further sections needed to connect up an eventual bypass.

Both this section and the southern part in Spalding Common will go over the railway line.

Coun Worth added: “We are starting in the Spring and I think that the bottom section will probably follow on quite quickly once we’ve done that. It’s going to be for the long term but if you don’t have it in the transport plans you never do them.”

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