Driving tests cancelled as roadworks take their toll

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Motorists have suffered more traffic misery in Boston as works to install a new town centre cycle path sparked congestion in the town.

On Monday work began on a new cycle path that will connect South Square across the A16 Haven Bridge to High Street.

As part of the work John Adams Way was reduced to one lane in each direction between 9.30am and 3pm, leaving some drivers facing journey times of about an hour just to get from one side of the town to the other.

The lane closure could be in place for up to six weeks as the path is installed and other work is done to crossings.

Satish Shah, head of highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The improvements, which are part of the Boston Transport Strategy, will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians both to get around. We’re also taking the opportunity to carry out essential roadworks in the area, meaning less overall disruption for the public.”

During the project High Street will be shut between the John Adams Way junction and Nelson Way.

The congestion forced three driving tests to be cancelled on Monday.

One of those was for 18-year-old Estelle Martin.

Dad Gary was annoyed that she did not find out it was cancelled until getting to Boston from Spalding – which took more than an hour.

The teenager had taken a day off work in the second week of starting a full time job and had paid for the test three months in advance.

Her dad said: “It’s just a joke. They are taking young people’s money and they should have rung to say ‘there’s a major problem, we are going to have to cancel’.”

He added: “Highways should be telling them when there are roadworks so they don’t have driving tests then.”

A DVSA spokesman said: “DVSA does everything it can to make sure that all tests can go ahead as planned wherever possible.

“On the rare occasions where we do have to cancel tests, we will always try to inform candidates as soon as we can and we will rebook their tests for the earliest possible date at no extra charge.”

They said they would review the situation regarding the booking of tests while roadworks are carried out in the town.