A scheme to build two roundabouts on the A17 and A151 in Holbeach has been described as “a valuable investment into the local community”.
Plans for the £4 million scheme, which could pave the way for a development of 1,000 homes, new Food Enterprize Zone, footbridge and dualing of a section of the A17, were published on Tuesday.
Lincolnshire County Council, which is leading the scheme, claimed there was “a very positive response to the roundabout at Peppermint Junction where 18 collisions were recorded between January 1 2010 and December 31 2014.
Building work is “anticipated” to start next autumn and expected to take about nine months during which temporary access to Northons Lane will be set up.
A statement on the scheme said: “The development will provide a valuable investment into the local community, improving safety for road traffic moving through the junction at the A17/A151.
“Increased access in the area will benefit potential residential and economic development, (while) existing agricultural activity will be able to continue on the land, with the overall economic viability of the agricultural business enhanced by the investment.”
There have been numerous bad accidents at that junction for many years and the roundabouts will make a big different to traffic flows through HolbeachHolbeach county councillor Nick Worth
Part of the scheme will involve a widening of the A17 “to accommodate a dual carriageway” from both the new A17/A151 roundabout and existing Boston Road roundabout.
Calls to improve the road layout just outside Holbeach have beem made for decades to improve road safety and ease the amount of traffic bypassing the A17 and going through Holbeach town centre.
The statement said: “Firstly and primarily, the scheme is required as essential infrastructure to address known problems in terms of highway safety and congestion.
“Secondly, the improvement will make development easier in the locality and potential developments.”
Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “Ever since I’ve been on Lincolnshire County Council, it’s been one of my aims for Holbeach because the issues with Peppermint Junction have been going on for several decades.
“It’s been such a bad junction for HGVs in particular to get out from and then everybody takes the short cut through Holbeach in order to avoid using Peppermint Junction.
“There have been numerous bad accidents at that junction for many years and the roundabouts will make a big different to traffic flows through Holbeach, making access easier for people.
“It will also bring more people into Holbeach to spend money which has to be good.”
South Holland District Council chairman and Holbeach Town ward councillor Francis Biggadike said: “It’s been a long time coming and I’m pleased to see that they’ve actually got some plans down because the traffic at that junction is horrendous at peak times.
“It also bring a lot of traffic through the town as well so we’ll wait with great expectation for the new roundabouts.”