Hopes that a by-pass could be built to ease Skegness’s road network received a welcome boost after the project was included in a long-term plan.
The western by-pass, which has been a long held aspiration among residents and the business community, has been featured in Lincolnshire County Council’s Transport Plan as a long-term vision for 2020.
Although the project is prioritised lower than others in the county, Skegness town manager Stefan Krause believes this is an important step forward, made possible through collaboration between key organisations in the town.
Announcing the news at a Skegness Business Breakfast meeting at the Grosvenor House Hotel last week, he said: “If the community wants something and works toward it, everything is achievable.”
The proposed route would link the A52 behind B&Q to connect with Ingoldmells, thereby relieving Roman Bank of around 250,000 cars travelling towards Butlins and Fantasy Island every year.
“We don’t need that through traffic for our town and its shoppers,” he added.
Mr Krause compared the project to the Burgh le Marsh by-pass, which was built in 2006, and has ‘improved traffic and residents’ quality of life’.
The by-pass has previously been discounted by the MP for Boston and Skegness Mark Simmonds, who felt landowners along the proposed route would be unlikely to agree to sell their property.
However, Mr Krause now believes that government changes to the procurement process have created a more favourable environment for owners to sell their land for publicly funded projects like this.
Although he has conceded that the cash-strapped county council would be unlikely to throw money at expensive highways projects, without support, Mr Krause believes that European funding could be tapped into for this project.
Having submitted a £4 million bid to the European Regional Development Fund to achieve a range of Skegness projects (see page nine) , Mr Krause believes more European funding could be awarded pending the success of that application.
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