Junction in Skegness to remain closed

The new bus shelter.

The new bus shelter.

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A junction in Skegness is to be permanently closed to traffic, Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed.

The trial over the past 18 months has seen road blocks placed along the junction of Lumley Road and Lumley Avenue in the hope of easing traffic issues in the area.

The arrangement is now to become a permanent feature, the county council has confirmed.

Kerbing and paving has been added to give pedestrians a continuous thoroughfare along Lumley Road, as well as somewhere to sit and hail a bus at the shelter.

However, concern has been voiced locally over the move.

Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon said: “I have received comments from concerned residents regarding the new layout. The main criticism is that the stop is not set back far enough into Lumley Avenue and will cause severe congestion in the summer months.”

However, Skegness town councillor Jim Carpenter said: “In years gone by there was always a bus stop outside what is now Yorkshire Trading. It was well used and caused no problems. This will be the same and it is good for businesses at both ends of Lumley Road.”

He added: “The main hold ups are caused by pedestrian crossings all working independent of each other.”

The county council said it will consider additional features on this section should Skegness Town Council or other groups wish to discuss the matter.

Car parking off Lumley Avenue opposite both Lloyds TSB and the HSBC banks are to remain unchanged and at present it is not proposed to resurface Lumley Avenue as part of this work.

In relation to criticism, Ian Mickleburgh, senior highways officer at the county council, said: “We are happy to discuss the scheme with the mayor in due course.”