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RAF Waddington gate reviewed after traffic disruption

RAF Waddington implemented a reviewed entry system after a trial gate closure on April 2 left motorists and school buses at a standstill.

The airbase, which usually operates both the Transmitter Gate off High Dike and the Manchester Gate off Mere Road, made the decision to direct its personnel through a single entry point.

The move resulted in congestion which tailed back onto the A607 and added almost a hour to motorists’ journeys.

Motorist Sonia Leightley told The Lincolnite: “Traffic outside Waddington was at a standstill. It took residents nearly an hour to get out of the village due to the gate being closed.

“If the move is for good it could cause major problems from here on in.”

On reviewing the issue of congestion, RAF Waddington enforced the regular two-gate entry system from April 3 between 7.30am and 8.15am.

Spokesperson for Waddington RAF, Linsey Askin, said: “In the interest of minimising the risk to children and their families making their way to All Saints School in Waddington the decision was taken to direct all RAF Waddington traffic through a single point of entry; the entrance closest to Bracebridge Heath.

“On reviewing yesterday morning’s issues with congestion a revised entry system will be put in to effect as of this morning.

“It is hoped that this will alleviate any traffic flow problems. Outside of these times traffic can access the Station via the Bracebridge Heath entrance.

“RAF Waddington remains committed to being a good neighbour and apologises for any inconvenience the trial traffic plan may have caused.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and speedily address any issues should they arise.”