£1.7m funding will bridge the gaps in Boston

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BOSTON is set to receive funding of more than £1.7 million for four new schemes to improve links on, across and alongside the waterways.

Lincolnshire County Council’s bid for European funding, entitled Routes not Barriers, will see a £600,000 replacement of St Botolph’s footbridge to improve the link between the bus station and the Market Place.

Dave Walton, from LCC’s technical services partnership, said: “While our waterways can contribute towards connectivity and travel between places they can also sometimes be barriers too. The project seeks to address this by improving access for a wide range of user groups, residents and visitors.”

The old footbridge will be replaced with a structure incorporating better diabled access, and in a design which ‘reflects the historic setting in the shadow of the Boston Stump’. The council will consult on a number of alternative bridge proposals in June, with a look to replacing it by December 2013.

The Routes not Barriers scheme will also see £300,000 to fund a link connecting the Spa Trail to the Water Rail Way, £275,000 to improve Hubberts Bridge slipway and boating facilities, and £560,000 to produce a multi-user route between Boston and Hubberts Bridge.

Known as The Black Sluice Trail, this latter scheme will see a new surfaced path from the pumping station on London Road, past Somerfields car park and along the north bank of the Sluice to the A52, where it will cross over onto the south side to Hubberts Bridge. Approximately 5.4km in length, it will provide a safe walking and cycling route away from the road traffic.