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Councillors join the fight for improvements to be made at ‘unsafe’ junction

Councillors are calling for action at an accident blackspot, junction of Thorndike Way and Corringham Road
Councillors are calling for action at an accident blackspot, junction of Thorndike Way and Corringham Road

Members of West Lindsey District Council supported the council leader’s proposal to make changes to a Gainsborough junction which has been described as ‘unsafe’.

Leader of the council, Coun Jeff Summers, made the motion at a meeting of the full council on April 9.

Coun Summers said: “The junction of Thorndyke Way and Corringham Road is unsafe, there have been seven serious accidents in the last few years.

“This junction is in the top five priority highway safety schemes, but Lincolnshire County Council are unable to confirm when and how they will rectify this.

“Instead Lincolnshire County Council have raised objections in response to a planning application for the Northern Neighbourhood citing highway safety at this junction as an issue.

“The creation of this new neighbourhood is an integral part of delivering the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.

“The County Council cannot use existing highway safety concerns as the basis to objecting to planned growth as the junction is already dangerous and contributes significantly to accidents on these roads and should be made safer as a matter of urgency.

“I propose that with the full support of the council I write to Lincolnshire County Council and require them to agree a scheme of works, funding strategy, implementation plan and timetable to address the current highway safety issues at this junction as a matter urgency. I propose that this Council works with our partners on the Central Lincolnshire Strategic Group to address the issues at this junction in the context of delivering the growth and the five year housing land supply across the area.”

The council voted in support of the motion.