Level crossing closure

The scene at the West Street level crossing on Monday - with one car accidentally stopping on the crossing tracks as traffic ahead brakes for the traffic lights. GG

The scene at the West Street level crossing on Monday - with one car accidentally stopping on the crossing tracks as traffic ahead brakes for the traffic lights. GG

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TRAVEL chaos is expected to hit Boston when the final phase of works to widen the West Street level crossing sees the busy route shut to all traffic and pedestrians.

Visitors heading for the coast on the first weekend of March are being discouraged from driving through Boston by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) as one of the busiest routes into and out of town is closed off.

“The level crossing works are a case of short-term pain for long-term gain,” said Steve Willis, LCC’s head of highways south. “When people wake up on the Monday morning they will see an extra lane over the level crossing, along with a cycle path and pedestrian route.”

The work is designed to reduce the ‘existing bottleneck’ of traffic waiting to turn right towards Asda, and ease the flow of traffic and pedestrians through the town.

Contractors will operate around the clock from 10pm on Friday, March 4, to 6am on the Monday to complete the work. It has been booked to coincide with work by National Rail – as train services to and from Boston will also be suspended.

The works are part of LCC’s £10 million transport strategy plans to improve traffic congestion in the town, a project which began in 2008 with the InterTown bus service.

“You can’t carry out improvement road works to a town of this size and layout, with its railways, bridges and rivers, without there being some disruption,” said Mr Willis.

“We need road users, residents and businesses to bear with us during these significant improvements at the level crossing.”

Diversion routes for vehicles will be via Lister Way (the Asda link), Fydell Street, Norfolk Street, Horncastle Road and John Adam’s Way. There will be a pedestrian diversion via the footbridge at the train station, with a manned alternative route to assist those unable to use the steps. Replacement bus services will be running for rail passengers.

Mr Willis added: “We encourage everyone to allow extra time for their journeys and to expect delays, with diversions clearly signed.”

l What impact do you think the level crossing works will have on the town? Email your views to gemma.gadd@jpress.co.uk.