Press Release - 11 June
First Hint of Boston Transport Study Findings?
The Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure
Group (BBEG) can exclusively reveal that Cllr Neil Cooper, Chair
of the Highways PDG at Lincolnshire County Council, has written
an email to the BBEG, stating that, "It is unfair to criticise
the council when in many ways their hands are tied and it is
difficult to demonstrate the need to government when
traffic surveys show much of the traffic is intending to terminate
at Boston and not pass through! These are words
that you probably do not wish to hear and you may feel the Council
are not listening but I can assure you we are very aware of
the issues and the public pressure."
The statement looks like being the first hint of what's to come
from the results of the Transport Study, costing in the region
of £400,000, which the BBEG has been trying to have an
input to for some time now, but their suggestions, it seems,
have fallen on deaf ears.
BBEG member Michael Borrill comments, "The main fact that
bears on this is the 'post code and post card syndrome'. That
is what they have used once again and they have not taken into
account the simple fact that Boston has a problem with lack
of river crossings."
Michael continues, "Cllr Cooper is stating the survey shows
most traffic does not go through Boston. This is what I have
been saying all along - the survey is not being done correctly.
We have not seen the actual up to date figures but my assumption
1. The data figures from the traffic count points will be correct;
2. It is the destination that the counter cannot predict;
3. The prediction is done by asking motorists where they are
going by either a stop check or postcard. If the postcards are
not returned they factor up on the ones that are returned;
4. HGV and commercial vehicles - we know that this was an incomplete
picture from the start and if HGV companies do not reply, then
the figures of through traffic are distorted."
BBEG member Robert Fisher adds, "The results of the Transport
Study were supposed to have been released by now and a public
consultation should have taken place by the end of May, as stated
by Steve Willis on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (click
here to hear the interviews). However our colleagues at
Waddington, who were in the process of public consultation at
the time of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire interviews, have not
only been ignored, but Cllr William Webb, Portfolio Holder for
Highways and LCC Exec member has decided on
his own, the route that LCC will adopt for the
Lincoln Southern bypass for further investigation, against the
wishes of the public. Going through a public consultation exercise
is pointless, if the public (and Councillors elected to represent
them) are repeatedly ignored."
Robert continues, "Having seen what LCC did with the placement
of 10 temporary speed humps recently in the town centre and
having heard how they refuse point blank to even consider that
there are just too many traffic lights in the town and do anything
about it, I am not filled with confidence about the way they
have collected data for the Transport Study, given also it's
restrictions and limitations in terms of the area covered. Despite
LCC's invitations to the BBEG publicly to support and help them,
in reality this has not happened. We have requested on numerous
occasions to be involved."
Cllr Cooper also stated that, "The PDG meetings develop
policy and are not decision making. They make recommendations
to the Executive Member For Highways. May I take this opportunity
to inform you, that as Cllr Webb said, there is a political
will to deliver a scheme for Boston. It is, however, a long
and complex process. The problems are being compounded by the
fact that the government have only allocated £71 million
a year to the six counties in the east midlands region!"
The BBEG would like to point out that the Department for Transport
cites congestion and pollution
as a requirement for prioritising road schemes - Boston has
and pollution. How does the Southern Bypass for Lincoln fit
into that? It does not. It is for development only. The same
criteria should be applied to the A1073 and also the route to
The BBEG are already in the process of a Formal Complaint against
LCC for progressing the A1073 above more urgent road infrastructures.
You can see the
latest progress with our Formal Complaint on our website by
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure
11 June 2006
BBEG attend Highways PDG meeting
Michael Borrill and Robert Fisher attended the Highways
PDG Meeting at Lincolnshire County Council on 15 May
2006, who as members of the public, were not able to
comment or participate in the meeting themselves.
Cllr Richard Austin however asked questions, including,
"Is Lincolnshire represented on the Regional East
At the public meeting held by the Boston
Target, Anne Dorrian, then Chair of the BBPG,
stated four ways she believed the issue needed
to be moved forward:
1. A comprehensive
2. A proper consultation with local people;
3. Full commitment from elected members who need
to lobby extensively on behalf of the people they
4. A sustained and high profile campaign at the
highest level to ensure that a bypass for Boston
is included in the local transport plan and is
prioritised by the County Council.