Thumbs-up for plan to ease traffic misery in Skegness

Transport consultation at Storehouse, Skegness. Simon Miles of Skegness with Tanya Vaughan - principal project officer, lincs county council. L-R Vanessa Strange - Transport Manager, Lincs County Council with Lisa Collins - Coastal Destination BID, development manager. ANL-160425-101458001
Transport consultation at Storehouse, Skegness. Simon Miles of Skegness with Tanya Vaughan - principal project officer, lincs county council. L-R Vanessa Strange - Transport Manager, Lincs County Council with Lisa Collins - Coastal Destination BID, development manager. ANL-160425-101458001

A £5.7million project to end the misery of summer season congestion on roads along the coast and make us all healthier has been welcomed in Skegness.

‘Go Skegness’ was unveiled at a consultation at the Storehouse on Thursday.

The project comes thanks to £4m of funding from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and, as a result, Lincolnshire County Council plans to improve roads, footpaths and cycle paths between Skegness and Ingoldmells this year.

Work planned for 2016-17 includes bus lane extension on the A52 to link the two existing sections; continuous path and cycle path from Butlins to Skegness; two improved bus stops on Lumley Road, Skegness; extension to bus layby on Roman Bank near Sea Lane junction, Ingoldmells; and Gibraltar Point foot and cycle path improvements

Tanya Vaughan, principal project officer for Smarter Choices and accessibility, said: “It’s all about keeping things moving. We are trying to get visitors to park up when they arrive and encourage people to use bicycles or public transport.

“As well as easing congestion on the roads it fits in with our healthy lifestyle agenda.”

Geoff Poulter, of Skegness Hospital watch, said: “My concern is buses can’t stop outside the surgery. It’s not easy for people to get there.

“If they are going to spend money we need more room for people with scooters - some are still going on the road and that is dangerous.”

An Orby farmer said: “There’s nothing here for us. It’s a nightmare at harvest time. The road gets gridlocked and it’s impossible to get to the grain store.”

Coun David Cargill: “I’ve been at Gibraltar Point visitor centre discussing the cycle lane. It would be nice for cyclists to be able to cycle from Skegness to Gibraltar Point.”

Executive member for economic development, Coun Colin Davie, said: “The Go Skegness project was very well received.

“We had a good footfall throughout the event.”