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Ten-year transport strategy approved

Lincolnshire's ten-year strategy for transport approved by the county council today (Friday, April 12) continues to support plans for a Boston distributor road to ease town centre congestion.

Boston Borough Council and the county council have been evaluating how this might be progressed through the emerging South East Lincolnshire Local Plan.

Economic conditions do not provide any certainty with regard to when major schemes such as the distributor road might be delivered, but proposals within the Local Plan aim to evaluate and examine how new development may contribute to providing for a distributor road in the longer term. The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan will be out for statutory public consultation starting in May.

Other elements within the transport strategy will continue to be delivered as funding permits, including the Waterways Project which includes improvements to cycling facilities alongside the South Forty Foot Drain.

Work to replace St Botolph's footbridge is due to start soon and will be completed by December 2013. This scheme will improve accessibility for wheelchair users, dismounted cyclists, families using prams or pushchairs and mobility scooters.

Improvements to public transport infrastructure will continue to build on progress made in recent transport plans and will include real-time information systems operating in Boston.

The 4th Lincolnshire Local Transport Plan outlines the over-arching transport strategy for the county for 2013/14 - 2022/23.

A range of funding opportunities will be explored including contributions by developers via Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL), Growth Point Funding, funding available from the Local Enterprise Partnership and from the new Local Transport Boards.

The Local Transport Plan acknowledges the issue of congestion is at its worst in the larger urban areas of Lincoln, Boston and Grantham, all areas expected to see high levels of future housing growth. Consequently, specific transport strategies have been developed for these areas.