‘Extend the M11? We’d rather make the A15, A16 and A17 dual carriageways’



A leading councillor says he would make key A roads dual carriageways rather go along with a group’s bid to build a motorway in the county.

A consortium of east coast businesses is calling for the M11 to be extended from Cambridge through to the Humber – a route passing straight through the borough.

The plan – thought to be a possible UKIP manifesto policy – is being suggested as an alternative to the HS2 high speed rail link to boost links in the east of the country.

The Government is set to spend more than £20 billion on roads up to 2020-21 and is looking at a‘London to Leeds Route Based Strategy’, which could see changes to the M11.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’ve got a lot of sympathy for the plans to extend the M11. It’s not a bad idea, but £26 billion is a huge amount of money to spend.

“Instead, I’d give the taxpayer £25 billion to put back in their pockets. I’d keep £1 billion and spend it on Lincolnshire’s roads.

“I’d dual the full length of the A15, A16 and A17 straight away, and make sure that maintenance of our existing road network is also properly funded.

“I think this would bring many of the benefits that have been mooted about the M11 scheme, for a fraction of the price.”

Boston Borough Council said the M11 idea was first raised ‘a good few years ago’, with plans to pass through Bicker Bar in the area of the A17/A52 junction.

A spokesman said the authority has had no contact about ‘reviving’ the idea.




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