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“It could be problematic!” Motorists warned to prepare for ‘disruption’ as work begins on A16 roundabout at Pinchbeck





Motorists have been warned to prepare for travel ‘disruption’ as work on a major roundabout begins this morning.

The ten-month scheme to widen of the Greencell roundabout which connects the A16 with the B1180 at Pinchbeck will get underway today (Monday, May 13), with Lincolnshire County Council stating temporary traffic signals or night-time closures will be required in the early stages to remove traffic islands.

Work will take place concurrently with the widening project on the nearby Springfield roundaboutat Spalding, the next stop also on the A16.

The Greencell roundabout at Pinchbeck. Photo: LCC
The Greencell roundabout at Pinchbeck. Photo: LCC

Campaigners fear this will leave motorists stuck in long queues.

“It could be problematic,” said George Scott, chairman of the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, discussing potential tailbacks.

“The Springfield roundabout is a nightmare, but it’s not the only one.

George Scott
George Scott

“The (nearby) Sutterton roundabout is a nightmare as well.”

Queues at these three roundabouts will only be exacerbated by work being carried out and an expected increase in traffic over the summer months as holiday makers head to the Lincolnshire coast and beyond.

“The amount of traffic on the roads has increased abnormally as well, not just in parts of the day but all of the day now,” Mr Scott added.

Greencell roundabout in Spalding
Greencell roundabout in Spalding

“If we have weather like this its could be a big problem. If we have rain we might need boats.”

Work at the Greencell roundabout is expected to take 10 months while the Springfield roundabout projected is predicted to run until September, meaning there will be a five-month overlap overlap at the two sites.

“It’s important to note that these works will be running concurrently with our ongoing works down the road at the A16/A151 Springfield Roundabout,” said Coun Richard Davies, LCC’s executive member for highways.

Coun Richard Davies in Spalding
Coun Richard Davies in Spalding

“As with any major road improvement project, some disruption on local roads is inevitable when work is underway.

“However, we’ll be doing everything we can to keep people moving and to ensure access to the nearby businesses is maintained throughout the scheme.”

This is the fifth stage of a £20 million Levelling Up project along the A16, which also included the Marsh Lane roundabout in Boston.

Spalding's Springfields roundabout. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council
Spalding's Springfields roundabout. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

“Not only will we be making the roundabout bigger, with the junction widened to provide two wider lanes within the roundabout, but we’ll also be lengthening the two-lane approaches and exits on the A16 North,” Coun Davies added.

“And, while the road is dug up, we’ll also be taking the opportunity to install a new drainage system ahead of laying new road surfacing and installing new signage and street lighting columns.

“Like the rest of our Levelling Up improvements, these enhancements to the roundabout will help increase capacity, reduce congestion, improve journey times, and future-proof the roundabout for A16 upgrades down the line.”

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