A £5m improvement scheme at the A17/A151 Peppermint Junction in Holbeach has now been granted full planning permission, with work expected to start next Spring.
The plan, which previously gained outline planning permission, will see the junction – where 22 injury collisions have taken place in the past 10 years – replaced with a new roundabout connecting the A17 to the A151.The aim is also to make travelling along the A17 more convenient.
A second roundabout will provide access to land for potential housing and commercial development either side of the A151. These changes would improve safety at this much-used junction and reduce traffic through the centre of the town.
Executive member for highways and transportation at Lincolnshire County Council Coun Richard Davies said: “It is obvious that changes need to be made at this junction. After consulting with local people we applied for planning permission for improvements that will not only make the junction safer, but will also enable us to open up land for potential development, supporting the local economy.
“Given the current financial climate it is becoming increasingly difficult for the council to finance projects such as this so it is important that we can take advantage of Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Development growth deal funding, as well as developer contributions made through the planning process to enable the council to invest in projects such as this which will make journey times faster and reduce congestion not just in Holbeach but for those travelling along the A17 too.”
The changes will also prevent Northon’s Lane being used as a rat run and divert traffic, in particular HGVs, away from the town, reducing journey times.
The council will now apply to the Department for Transport for the legal orders required for the scheme to start. A contractor can then be appointed, with work starting in 2017.