Councillors are calling for a one-way system in Lincoln to be replaced with traffic lights ahead of the Western Growth Corridor development. At a full Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) meeting on Friday, May 19, councillors said that the one-way system would create a “massive disservice” to Birchwood and Hartsholme residents due to increased traffic.
The Western Growth Corridor development aims to construct 3,200 new homes in Lincoln with the expected start date for work being July 17, 2023. The first 300 homes built as part of the development will be accessed via a new junction opposite the entrance to Birchwood Avenue, with construction work taking place along Skellingthorpe Road and Birchwood Avenue.
Councillor Eddie Strengiel, representing Birchwood, said the one-way system would lead to increased congestion, rat runs and restrict access to Birchwood Avenue from Skellingthorpe Road. He said: “I’ve been pushing for quite a while actually to discontinue this one-way system because it’s going to create a massive impact on the residents of Birchwood, Hartsholme, and the surrounding areas.”
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The proposed system, running from Woodfield Avenue to Skellingthorpe Road, has also significant worries among residents. Councillor Richard Davies, the portfolio holder for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, supported Strengiel’s view and emphasised the importance of considering the opinions of local residents.
He said: “I don’t think it’s appropriate to make the road one-way. I think that would be a massive disservice to local residents, and I don’t think we should allow or let the developer off the hook by allowing them to go for a cheaper option.”
The proposed one-way system has sparked extensive discussion among residents, with concerns raised about potential disruptions and increased traffic on the nearby Skellingthorpe Road and Doddington Road, which already experience heavy congestion during peak hours. The City of Lincoln Council, in collaboration with Lincolnshire County Council, is currently finalising the plans for the Western Growth Corridor development, including the traffic management arrangements.
A spokesperson for City of Lincoln Council said: “Officers from the city council are working closely with project partners to finalise details of the traffic management plan, which is designed to keep traffic flowing in the area of the works and minimise disruption to the road network for all users, local residents and businesses.
“We expect to be in a position to release final details in the coming weeks.”