Drivers facing weeks of traffic disruption in Boston

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Drivers are facing several weeks of disruption in Boston town centre as work begins on a new housing development.

A one-way system will be in place on Tattershall Road from Monday, September 16, for five weeks to allow for building work by Chestnut Homes.

That will mean traffic can enter the road at Sluice Bridge but anyone making the reverse journey faces a diversion via Rawsons Lane, Horncastle Road and Norfolk Street.

A full closure will also be needed for a minimum of a day in each of the weeks beginning October 21, November 11 and November 25 to allow access for a crane. All dates are ‘subject to weather conditions’.

Martyn Allen, network and development manager, said: “The traffic restrictions are necessary to keep motorists safe from the works and allow the developer a safe working distance from traffic, whilst minimising any adverse effect on the public and local traders. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Boston borough councillor Carol Taylor is concerned about the impact of the roadworks and criticised the county council for not telling residents and businesses about them much sooner.

Coun Taylor said the road is used by about 25,000 vehicles a week and feels planners ought to be able to take road disruption into account when passing developments.

She said: “I’m concerned this is going to affect a lot of people and nobody has been told.” She added: “For me there is a massive question when planning permission is given in the future. Somebody has got to ask the question ‘do you know if there will be any road disruption?’. That doesn’t come into it now.”