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Holbeach's Market Hill junction features in bid for government cash




Plans to "unlock" Holbeach town centre and ease traffic congestion have been laid out in a £4million to £7million bid strategy for government cash.

Improvements to the Market Hill junction, including a ban on drivers turning right from Boston Road South and Church Street, into West End and High Street respectively, are being considered by a team working on Holbeach's Future High Streets Fund bid.

As reported on Tuesday in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, the team is finalising Holbeach's bid for a share of £1billion worth of funding from the Government to "re-energise and transform even more of our high streets," according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A five-way road junction in Holbeach town centre meets at Market Hill. (38468216)
A five-way road junction in Holbeach town centre meets at Market Hill. (38468216)

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council and who is leading the bid team, said: "One of the challenges identified through work done on the Holbeach Transport Strategy last year was the Market Hill junction and what that does for the town.

"From a pedestrian and non-car user's point of view, Market Hill is essentially a traffic junction and one of the themes of our bid is to improve the environment for pedestrians by reducing the amount of traffic queuing on the main streets in Holbeach.

"The preferred option, in terms of the benefits to people moving around the town, is to stop traffic turning into Park Road from Market Hill and have limited access into Park Road for service and emergency vehicles only.

A Future High Streets Fund bid for Holbeach Town Centre includes a project to improve Market Hill and tackle traffic queues there.
A Future High Streets Fund bid for Holbeach Town Centre includes a project to improve Market Hill and tackle traffic queues there.

"There would also be no right turns from Church Street and Boston Road South at Market Hill which will result in shorter journey times and improved safety at the junction."

An extract from the Holbeach Transport Strategy stated: "A vital task for revitalising Holbeach town centre is to unlock the Market Hill junction - to reduce congestion, make it easier for people to cross here on foot and when cycling, and make it a more attractive space at the heart of the town."

The "reconfiguring", or rearranging, of Market Hill is the second of three projects which, if successful, the fund would help pay for.

Also planned is a redevelopment of the Chequers Yard site, between High and Park Road, with housing, shops, business units and a public square.

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth is also deputy leader of South Holland District Council.Photo: SG110913-223NG.
Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth is also deputy leader of South Holland District Council.Photo: SG110913-223NG.

The third project is a new cycle network and community hub in Holbeach town centre, including a cycle way between Fleet Road and High Street.

Coun Worth said: "In 2008, we started a Parish Plan for Holbeach and came up with a number of recommendations.

"One of the things the public said was that we needed to do things about Market Hill and show the limitations of having five streets meeting there.

"With 2,000 homes coming to Holbeach over the next 20 years, doing nothing isn't an option."



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