In reference to the campaign for a pedestrian crossing on the A17 at Holbeach, it is extremely sad that people cannot walk in complete safety in the 21st century.
The answer, however, is to introduce a public bicycle scheme – just as London has done with its so-called Boris bikes – with a pick-up point by the hospital and various docking stations around the town.
Baby seats could be fitted, along with child trailers, and such a scheme would greatly reduce the time spent using the underpass on the way to school or the town centre.
This, in turn, would provide direct access to the main shopping area of Holbeach, creating a safe pedestrian zone to encourage shoppers and possibly more market stalls.
A pedestrian crossing at the roundabout would not stop vehicles approaching at speed.
Large volumes of traffic use this road every day and our emphasis should be on diverting pedestrians away from the area in order to avoid casualties.
Either way, the actual number of people crossing the A17 needs to be established, but it’s important to remember that pedestrian crossings are not guaranteed to save lives.
The cost of a public bicycle scheme – with the right sponsorship – would be considerably less than a pedestrian crossing.
It would benefit parents, shoppers and visitors to the town, while avoiding any undue risk to pedestrians and keeping the increasing traffic volume on the A17 moving safely.