Planners set to approve new roundabout at A46 Welton crash hotspot

A new roundabout on the A46 at Welton is expected to enhance safety and visibility on a collision-prone stretch of road if plans are approved next week.

The 60m diameter roundabout would be built at the Dunholme/Welton T junction, with construction expected to take between nine and 12 months to complete.

Plans for the new A46 roundabout, Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council hopes the scheme would improve visibility, to reduce accidents and alleviate congestion.

It would be expected to be open for use by 2020, however planners have requested a condition of work starting within seven years, rather than the standard three, for ground works.

Lincolnshire County Council noted in the report ahead of its meeting: “General support [for the] development, as this would reduce accidents at the A46 Welton junction,” but added some people had other suggestions, such as the installation of traffic lights at the junction and enforcement of a 30mph average speed cameras.

Local business Motorwise, located adjacent to the junction, also responded with a view there had been a lack of consultation and that works would be majorly disruptive, adding works could put the business at a financial risk.

As reported in October, the council was awarded £2 million of funding from the Department for Transport towards the scheme. 

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Martin Hill said previously: “Improving infrastructure for county residents is a key priority of my administration, so we can gain jobs and growth.

“We have already had success with improved rail services.

“So I am delighted with the announcement of an extra £2 million for a new roundabout on Lincoln Road which will ease congestion.

“It is what Lincolnshire deserves and my team and I will continue to push for extra central funding from government for more vital projects.”

Plans were also backed by the area’s MP Sir Edward Leigh, who said the road is a safety concern.

Planning officers have recommended that planning permission is granted with a seven year commencement deadline.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the proposals at its meeting on Monday, February 5.