Long-term goal still a new road for town

HIGHWAYS chiefs insist their long-term aim is still to build a new road to help traffic flows in Boston, but reckon their £10 million investment so far has improved life for the town’s commuters.

Lincoln’s long-awaited eastern bypass will go ahead after winning £50 million investment from the Government and Lincolnshire County Council is in the process of agreeing a route for a western bypass for Spalding – prompting questions about when Boston will get its own relief road.

The county council’s head of highways for the south of the county Steve Willis said: “Around £10m has already been spent on improving traffic flow in the town.

“New initiatives like the Into Town bus service, road widening and better cycleways and footpaths give people excellent alternatives to using their cars.

“Working together with Boston Borough Council has helped make this a reality.

“Our longer term joint approach with the district council focuses on the town’s future development of homes and businesses – with the potential for a new distributor road, that motorists can ‘hop on’ and ‘hop off’ again when they need to, rather than bypass Boston.”

The council says that since the Into Town buses began going along Strait Bargate in 2008 passenger numbers have rocketed from 7,000 a month to between 21 and 23,000 a month.

Mr Willis added: “We do continue to encourage people that do live nearby to use public transport, or consider walking or cycling.

“The new Into Town bus service is proving a real hit with residents, with passenger numbers increasing 300 per cent since its implementation. It’s clearly an initiative that is working for them.”

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