April 11, 2018 12.26 pm This story is over 67 months old

Boston petition government for better road infrastructure

Signatures needed for Boston distributor road funding.

Boston Borough Council is urging residents to sign a petition to reduce traffic congestion after getting behind a campaign for the town to receive major government funding for road improvements.

The town hopes to be selected for funding when the government announces which schemes will get cash from the National Roads Fund this summer.

Boston Standard’s campaign already has support from Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and the Freight Transport Association.

People can sign the petition online here.

The government has already identified some routes in Lincolnshire which could qualify, while the county council has proposed some additional roads, including the A52 from Boston to Skegness, the A16 and the A17.

Boston distributor road

The Boston distributor road idea would provide a new route around the west side of the town, linking the A16 to the north, the A1121 Boardsides and A52 to the west, and the A16 to the south.

It is estimated that the entire distributor road would cost in the region of £100 million.

There are sections which require major structures to be constructed so this funding would be vital for these bridges.

“It is vital that we send the biggest, loudest message we can to government that we deserve a share of this new money,” said Leader of Boston Borough Council Cllr Michael Cooper.

“We tick so many boxes – an opportunity to deal with traffic congestion, a plan for that already at an advanced stage, better transportation in an area vital to the nation’s food security, a boost to economic development and job creation, more much-needed housing and a chance to address long-standing air quality issues.

“It’s my ambition that every single resident makes their voice heard and signs this petition.”