Transport for Boston
A bid for a share of Government funding to speed reduction of congestion and boost economic growth in Boston
Today Boston Borough Council backs a Boston Standard campaign for the town to receive new Government funding for road improvements.
And an appeal has been issued for every resident to get behind the petition campaign aimed at reducing traffic congestion.
Cllr Michael Cooper, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that the Boston Standard is seeking to harness public support for a fair share of funding for Boston, and the council gives its full backing. It is vital that we send the biggest, loudest message we can to Government that we deserve a share of this new money. We tick so many boxes - an opportunity to deal with traffic congestion, a plan for that already at an advanced stage, better transportation in an area vital to the nation's food security, a boost to economic development and job creation, more much-needed housing and a chance to address long-standing air quality issues. It's my ambition that every single resident makes their voice heard and signs this petition."
The Government is to announce this summer which schemes, valued from £20 million up to £100 million, have been selected for cash from the National Roads Fund. A successful Boston bid, either at this stage or in the future, would help speed the already-planned distributor road which otherwise might not be substantially complete for years to come.
The additional funding is in line with the creation of a new major road network designed to reduce congestion and boost economic growth. It will mean thousands of additional local road miles being added to the current strategic road network. The Government has already identified some routes in Lincolnshire which could qualify for major improvements. Lincolnshire County Council has proposed some additional roads. Roads so far proposed include the A52 from Boston to Skegness, the A16 and the A17.
Cllr Cooper said: "If we can make a good enough case for Boston, with massive public support, we could look forward to improvements in Boston within living memory and not have to wait decades longer."
You can get involved today by signing the petition at Municipal Buildings reception, Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex reception, the Guildhall reception or online here.
They will also be appearing in other areas such as shops and businesses. If you want to collect a form to help collect signatures please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or print off the PDF form below. Return all completed petition forms to Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR by Monday, April 30, 2018.
The campaign already has support from Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and the Freight Transport Association.
The Government has said the new transport investment plan will mean that local roads can benefit from a multi-billion pound fund. It will use a share of the annual National Road Fund, funded by Vehicle Excise Duty (VED - car tax). UK VED was £5.8 billion for 2016-17.
The Government says: "The plans aim to improve productivity and connectivity of towns and cities across the country - tackling bottlenecks and traffic jams for road users, and taking away the misery of lorries and through-traffic thundering through rural villages on main roads - with priority for projects which cut congestion, support growth, boost Britain's global competitiveness or unlock new housing."
Boston's agreed transport strategy aims to ease existing transport issues while supporting the future development of the town over the period from 2016 to 2036.
Boston Distributor Road has been recognised as both facilitating development and cutting congestion in the town.
Cllr Cooper said: "Research for the strategy revealed that most journeys begin and end in the town itself, so although in the past a bypass had 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. This was confirmed by traffic analysis carried out in 2016.
"The distributor road, will make it far easier for people to travel around, helping them get where they're going quicker. The challenge now is finding the funding needed so I hope everyone gets behind this Boston Standard campaign."
Boston Distributor Road would provide a new route around the west side of the town, linking the A16 to the north, the A1121 Boardsides and A52 to the west, and the A16 to the south. A safeguarded corridor for the route has been identified in the draft South East Lincolnshire Local Plan. The Quadrant development by Chestnut Homes is now being constructed utilising a Growth Deal Allocation from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The scheme provides the initial section of the distributor road by linking the A16 with the adjacent London Road. As part of the project's proposed route, there are sections which would require major structures to be constructed over the rail, road and water and this new funding would be vital for these bridges.
It is estimated that the entire distributor road would cost in the region of £100m.
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