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Blueprint for better Boston transport network

Major new roads, better public transport and improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians are all included in a new vision for Boston's transport infrastructure.

Lincolnshire County Council, working in partnership with Boston Borough Council, has drawn up a new transport strategy for Boston, which aims to ease existing transport issues while supporting the future development of the town over the period from 2016 to 2036.

Building upon the recent multi-million pound improvements to the town's roads, the strategy presents a range of short, medium and long-term proposals to make travel easier for both residents and businesses.

The recommendations include a number of improvements, including proposals for the Boston Distributor Road, which will both facilitate development and cut congestion in the town.

There are also measures to make cycling, walking and public transport a more attractive option, such as new and improved cycle routes and pedestrian crossings, encouraging people to leave the car at home, further reducing traffic.

As a result of the previous strategy, around £10m has been invested in improvements. Key successes have included:

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "As a result of the last strategy, published in 2006, around £10m has been invested in improving Boston's transport infrastructure, and what we've achieved has made a real difference.

"Most recently, work has begun on the first link in a major new distributor road for the town, which we will continue to develop in the coming years.  As well as facilitating growth, this could significantly cut congestion.

"Now, we want to build on that forward momentum, and this strategy outlines exactly how we will do just that over the next 20 years.

"We've done a lot of research for this strategy, and what we've learned is that most journeys begin and end in the town itself, meaning there isn't that much through traffic.

"So although in the past a bypass has been seen as the answer to the town's traffic issues, the reality is it probably wouldn't improve things as much as we'd hope.

"In contrast, potential improvements within the town, combined with the distributor road, will make it far easier for people to travel around, helping them get where they're going quicker.

"Combined with the many other measures, such as a better bus station, the strategy will ensure Boston has the transport infrastructure it needs for the future.

"The challenge now is finding the funding needed to make these improvements a reality. And the only way we're going to be able to do that if everyone gets behind the plan and works together."

The draft strategy is set to be reviewed by the county council's Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee on Monday, January 23, after which it will be reviewed by Boston Borough Council's overview committee and cabinet. Lincolnshire County Council's Executive Member for Highways will then be asked to formally endorse it.

An overview of the draft strategy can be downloaded here