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Moulton Chapel road has more dips than Fantasy Island

A village road has been compared to an Ingoldmells rollercoaster as calls grow to fix the area’s highways.

Oxcroft Bank in Moulton Chapel is in a poor state of repair with significant dips, subsidence and tipping into the dyke.

While on the outskirts of the village, this road attracts a lot of traffic as it is a link
between Moulton Chapel and nearby Holbeach.

Dips and ruts in Oxcroft Bank, Moulton Chapel (46559924)
Dips and ruts in Oxcroft Bank, Moulton Chapel (46559924)

The problems with the road have been raised by Moulton Parish Council where Coun Ian Benton has been calling for Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department to take action on the road.

Coun Benton has now compared Oxcroft Bank to a well-known rollercoaster.

He said: “It has more dips than the rollercoasters at Fantasy Island.

Dips and ruts in Oxcroft Bank, Moulton Chapel (46559944)
Dips and ruts in Oxcroft Bank, Moulton Chapel (46559944)

“Oxcroft Bank is in a shambolic state.

“The hedge is 2m wider than it should be. People are driving further away from the hedge as they don’t want to scratch their cars.

“It is awful and it requires major structural work to make the verge safe as the side of the road is slipping into the ditch.

“It is disappointing that no-one has taken any notice of when we try to explain these things to people.

“There’s some patchwork going up and down Oxcroft Bank every year.”

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian have been raising awareness of the state of the roads in the area.

Halmergate in Spalding not only has numerous potholes along with a significant dip close to the Halmer Gardens entrance.

People living near the dip have reported ‘minor earth tremors’ when lorries pass over the dip along with rattling crockery.

Residents have called on Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways team to sort out the dip after reporting it numerous times over the FixMyStreet website.

Calls have also been made for the dip in Boston Road South in Holbeach, where a number of sink holes have appeared over the years.

Repairs have been conducted on Boston Road South but the dip had reappeared.

A spokesman for the county council’s highways say that repairs are due scheduled to take place along Oxcroft Bank in the next few weeks.

He said: “We will continue to inspect the road regularly and repair any faults, and welcome any reports from members of the public through FixMyStreet.”

The county council also says roadworks will be taking place in Halmergate over the summer.

The spokesman said: “There is a resurfacing scheme for the roundabout of Halmergate this summer and we’re hoping to extend the area that they we are resurfacing to include the section where the dip is.

“In the meantime we will continue to monitor the state of the road and carry out a temporary repair if necessary before it is resurfaced.”

Temporary repairs have taken place in Boston Road South but it continues to show signs of movement.

He said: “We will carry out further repairs as necessary to keep the road safe, and we’re working with Anglian Water to find a long term solution.”

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