Skegness traffic trial to continue over summer

Lumley Avenue's trial junction closure with Lumley Road will continue over the summer.
Lumley Avenue's trial junction closure with Lumley Road will continue over the summer.
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Speculation that a traffic trial in Skegness had been permanently approved after workmen were seen fitting a new sign on the junction, has been put to rest.

Lincolnshire County Council’s senior highways officer Ian Mickleburgh says no decision has been made on whether to close Lumley Avenue’s junction with Lumley Road, which is still being trialled.

He said: “The trial on Lumley Avenue will continue over the summer and we may change the signs at times so motorist know where to turn and to keep traffic moving.

“The feedback we have received so far is very positive, and we will continue to listen to people over the busier summer period before we consider making any permanent changes.”

The clarification follows speculations made over social networking sites that the closure had been permanently agreed, after workmen were seen replacing a sign last Wednesday.

Highways officers proposed the trial to improve pedestrian safety and create a more appealing shopping environment after deeming Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce’s request to completely pedestrianise Lumley Road for the same purpose to be impractical.

Chamber chairman Glenis Brown was disappointed the more far reaching proposal had been discounted for the junction closure option, which she feels fails to go far enough.

If the trial proves successful, taxi ranks and a bus stop may also be incorporated.