Fears traffic jams will drive visitors away from skegness

Cars parked along Grand Parade in Skegness are reducing the carriageway to two lanes and causing delays at busy times. ANL-160516-163817001

Cars parked along Grand Parade in Skegness are reducing the carriageway to two lanes and causing delays at busy times. ANL-160516-163817001

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The clock kept ticking for many holidaymakers stuck in a taxi along Skegness foreshore when temperatures soared and thousands headed for the coast.

Grand Parade became gridlocked over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 - with a two-mile journey taking up to 40 minutes - when motorists parked on the stretch from the Clock Tower, leaving just one carriageway for cars.

It is hoped the revised restrictions will improve safety, traffic flows and regulate where parking should and shouldn’t take place

Lincolnshire County Council

With just over a week before the next Bank Holiday, the problem was discussed at the Annual Town Meeting in Skegness.

Only two members of the public were present, but the meeting gave the town councillors the opportunity to discuss concerns, including what they believe is a delay in new parking restrictions along the foreshore.

Coun James Carpenter is a bus driver for Stagecoach. He said: “It took me 40 minutes to get to the bus station (Richmond Drive). It was as busy as a Bank Holiday.

“The worry is people stuck in traffic might decide not to come back.”

Taxi driver Coun Darrell Blackburn said: “For anyone travelling in a cab, the clock doesn’t stop ticking just because you are stuck in traffic. Customers can soon rack up a big bill.”

Coun Mark Anderson asked why the restrictions were not brought in ‘bang on May as agreed’.

Coun Steve Kirk said: “I think it is fantastic we are saying how chockablock our roads are already. But is it going to take a child getting killed before something is done?”

Lincolnshire County Council projects and traffic support manager, Graeme Butler, said: “There is a process that we have to follow when revising traffic restrictions. The changes on Grand Parade, Skegness, should be operational ahead of the main summer season when problems caused by parking in this area are at their worst.

“It is hoped that the revised restrictions will improve safety, traffic flows and regulate where parking should and shouldn’t take place. The proposals also include designated areas for coaches, loading and disabled bays.”

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