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Potential investment from Spalding roads survey




A new strategic traffic model for Spalding is to be created from the findings of a road survey which could bring future capital investment to the town. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire County Council. (2783214)
A new strategic traffic model for Spalding is to be created from the findings of a road survey which could bring future capital investment to the town. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire County Council. (2783214)

A traffic study in Spalding could lead to millions of pounds worth of new public and private sector investment in the town.

County highways managers have revealed that a "new strategic traffic model for Spalding" is to be created as evidence of where spending is needed on the town's roads.

The three-week survey in April and May saw cameras, monitoring equipment and a team of roadside surveyors collecting data for the traffic model.

Sam Edwards, major schemes and design commissioner at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Results from the traffic survey will be used to create a new strategic traffic model for Spalding and show how major improvements, like the Spalding Western Relief Road (SWRR - read more here), will affect the local road network in the future.

"In addition, the model will also help determine where future infrastructure investment in Spalding should be spent.

"But not only will the up-to-date traffic flow and journey time statistics we have collected be used to support the development and planning process for the SWRR.

"They will also help support future funding bids to help offset the cost of the relief road by serving as supporting evidence of the need to improve traffic flow in the town."

Traffic congestion in Spalding is a concern for Spalding Town Forum, a group of South Holland District Council members who serve wards in the town.

At the forum's June meeting, Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott said: "What we have to think about for the future is the amount of traffic we're going to have, especially with all the house building that's going on.

George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG121116-930TW. (2783514)
George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG121116-930TW. (2783514)

"It's a problem that I think needs looking into and I hope the traffic survey will give us an idea of how much traffic passes through Spalding."

In February, the county council and South Holland District Council were given £12million of government cash for a section of the SWRR that will link Spalding Common and Spalding Road towards Pinchbeck (read more here).

Coun Nick Worth, the district council's deputy leader, said: "The SWRR project is a little way off and it's nearly impossible to put a timeframe on it.

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council. SG110913-222NG. (2783610)
Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council. SG110913-222NG. (2783610)

"But it's definitely deliverable and the fact that we have £12million worth of funding to build the hardest section of the SWRR is evidence of our intention to alleviate the congestion on that side of the town."



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