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Will Holbeach Transport Strategy sort out traffic jams on Market Hill?

A transport strategy for Holbeach could see a road closed at the five-way Market Hill junction, speed reductions and junction improvements on the A17 and the launch of "park and walk" sites.

Other options include a possible re-routing of the 505 bus service, new buses including a direct service to Boston, and the launch of a bike hire/bike share scheme as well as a Community Cycle Hub.

Market Hill is choked at peak times and county and district councillor Coun Nick Worth says the strategy aims to reduce congestion there.

Market Hill in Holbeach is at capacity at peak times.
Market Hill in Holbeach is at capacity at peak times.

He said: "There would have to be an impact analysis if they, for example, decide to go from five roads to four - and close one road off."

Coun Worth said there would need to be a detailed study - and the impact on the other four roads fully assessed - before anything changes.

He said: "I would say sorting out Market Hill is the number one priority."

The Holbeach Transport Strategy is expected to run for the lifetime of the current local plan - to 2036 - and over that time some 2,000 homes are due to be built in the town, boosting the population by two-thirds.

The Holbeach Transport Strategy will be considered by the county council Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee on Monday.

Councillors will hear a board is being set up to implement the objectives outlined and to progress a similar strategy for Spalding.

As well as reducing congestion at Market Hill, the Holbeach plans involve "influencing positive travel behaviour, prioritising walking and cycling, promoting public transport and providing for car and freight whilst reducing their negative impacts such as congestion and poor air quality".

The strategy document reveals significant future employment growth is planned, "possibly more than doubling the number of jobs in and immediately around the town".

Around half ofall commuting trips within Holbeach are by bike or car - which is above the national average - and the strategy will foster a further shift away from the car.

Among short to medium term objectives are:

* A car park/parking review with smart payment at council car parks

* Park and walk sites with visitors are encouraged to park a little out of the town centre - and similar park and walk sites for schools

* Extending cycling and walking networks

* Providing more benches around town so pedestrians can rest

* A bike hire/bike share scheme to benefit visitors as well as residents who don't own a bike

* A Community Cycle Hub which could do cycle maintenance and sell new and refurbished bikes

Bus service changes could see the 505 re-routed to serve the Holbeach West residential development and Food Enterprise Zone on the A151.

Lower speed limits in town - and along the Holbeach stretch of the A17 - are being considered as well as A17 junction improvements at Penny Hill Road, Battlefields Lane, Foxes Low Road and Fleet Road.

Previously ...

Summit held to tackle traffic jams in Holbeach


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