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Villager sees red about roadworks in Deeping St Nicholas

Roadworks on the main road through Deeping St Nicholas have been allowed to go ahead again without suitable traffic lights, a villager has claimed.

Delia Williams has slammed Anglian Water for the second time in six months after repairs to a water pipe at the junction of Campains Lane and the A1175 Littleworth Drove started on Tuesday.

But instead of using three-way traffic lights to allow drivers coming out of Campains Lane to turn onto the A1175 towards Spalding and Market Deeping, the lights in place can only be seen on Littleworth Drove itself.

Mrs Williams said: "There are no traffic lights at the end of Campains Lane itself which means that you have to wait for the traffic on the A1175 to stop before you can join onto the back of it.

"The main road is down to one lane whichever way you are going and when I went out on Monday night, I had to wait for the traffic to pass by the end of Campains Lane just to check if anyone else was going towards Spalding or Market Deeping.

"Why can't we have three-way traffic lights like the ones that were at Harrow Road and the A1175 last year, instead of traffic lights at either end of the A1175 as there are now?

"I just think it's terrible that Anglian Water and the county highways team have done this again on this road where you have tractors coming down it."

A similar situation occurred at the same location in November 2017 when Anglian Water engineers installed a new water pipe.

At the time, Deeping St Nicholas county councillor Nigel Pepper (pictured left) said: "When the problem of exiting Campains Lane was brought to my attention, I personally visited the site and made a request for three-way traffic lights to be installed at the Littleworth Drove/Campains Lane junction.

Coun Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Deeping St Nicholas. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG030817-206TW. (2183071)
Coun Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Deeping St Nicholas. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG030817-206TW. (2183071)

"However, this would have little effect on the drivers of blue light vehicles who are trained and qualified to go through a red traffic light.

"The 40mph speed limit along that stretch of road can be exceeded by emergency vehicles so extra caution is needed when roadworks are being carried out."

Responding to the latest roadworks, Coun Pepper said: "After looking into the matter, the works were programmed from Monday until Thursday so at some point today the traffic lights should be removed."

An Anglian Water spokesman said: " “Over recent days, Anglian Water has been working to repair a mains water pipe in Deeping St Nicholas.

"To allow our teams to complete this work safely, we worked with Highways to put in place a set of temporary traffic lights on Campains Lane.

“The original location of these lights was not as well positioned as they could have been so we have moved them slightly to ensure drivers will be able to see better as they pull out from Campains Lane onto Littleworth Drove.

“We are repairing the road surface today and the traffic lights will be taken down by the end of this week.

"In the meantime, we are really sorry for any temporary inconvenience these traffic lights cause to road users.”


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