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Press Release - 23 Feb 2006

Michael Borrill has written to Quentin Davies MP on behalf of the BBEG

Dear Mr Davies

LINCOLNSHIRE’S ROADS

I write on behalf of the Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group, to express our agreement with you on the shocking state of our road system in Lincolnshire. This has been brought fully into the spotlight by the recent horrific road traffic accident on the A52 and we would like to join you in expressing our sympathy to the bereaved families.

Your article in the Grantham Journal highlighted the A52, which, of course, passes through Boston and is totally unsuitable for the large HGV’s, many from the continent, which use this road. It was with dismay and disbelief that a recent interview on TV with a Government spokesman commented that Lincolnshire receives the correct amount of monies for road building per head of population. Travelling from Boston our nearest road of any worth is the A1 which is 30 miles away, and, indeed, the county is sadly lacking in dual carriageways and in fact a short length of this type was recently reduced to one lane in each direction.

It has been suggested to us that the whole of the A52 should be upgraded to take account of the increased traffic flows and in view of the lack of motor way or dual carriageway roads leading from the East of the County we feel in this area that we have been sadly let down by political decisions and bad planning for many years and deserve a better road structure. The economic growth of the area is being badly hit by the lack of investment, which I am sure you will agree. If the A52 was upgraded, that would take care of the bypasses for both Boston and Grantham.

Perhaps, Mr Davies, you would like to liaise with our MP for Boston and Skegness, Mark Simmonds, who is well aware of the dire traffic problems in the Boston area.

Councillor Paul Goodale at Lincolnshire County Council will be able to give you more details of the initiative he mentioned to my colleague, Robert Fisher, to improve the whole of the A52.

Please also visit our web site, www.bbeg.org.uk, where you will see aerial photographic evidence of both how inadequate the roads are and how much congestion there actually is in Boston, together with an interesting article by Ted Brooks, a coach driver who travels all over Europe, who explains that Lincolnshire’s roads are the worst he’s seen.

One of our members – Robert Fisher – also works from both Boston and London, so if it would be beneficial to meet up at Westminster with both Mark Simmonds MP and yourself, this is something that our group would be more than happy to consider, providing you’re both agreeable.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Michael Borrill
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
www.bbeg.org.uk
22 February 2006

Click here to see Quentin Davies MP's reply

 

Photographic Evidence
At the public meeting held by the Boston Target in November 2004, it was highlighted to Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council that something needed to be done about Boston's dire traffic congestion.

Here we are, 15 months later, and the traffic situation remains exactly the same, as shown by the photographic evidence taken on 10 February 2006.
See the photos ...