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Residents say Boultham roadworks in Lincoln will bring 'four months of pain'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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Angry residents and business owners say four months of roadworks in the city will "kill the community".

Around £250,000 is to be spent on widening Boultham Park Road, a pedestrian crossing, new street lighting and resurfacing. Work starts on January 14 and will last 15 weeks.

During that time the right turn from Dixon Street into Boultham Park Road will be closed to motorists.

The county council says there will be significant improvement to the junction when the work is complete.

But business owners and residents say the area will grind to a halt as a result of the work.

Sue Rose, who manages Brian Rose Footwear store in Boultham Park Road, says her business will suffer.

"It is the same old story," she said. "It will dramatically affect trade. The council has carried out so much work on this road. We feel small businesses, like ourselves, are never taken into consideration.

"It has happened at the worst possible time because the economy is so bad.

"We have customers from all over the county, but as soon as they hear of roadworks and delays, they stay away."

Gordon Dickinson lives in Bristol Drive, just off Boultham Park Road.

He told the Echo: "None of this makes any sense to me.

"This is going to make the traffic congestion horrendous.

"It is already impossible to move during rush hour and it will have a detrimental effect on the traffic system around the city. It was not long ago this road was ripped up and resurfaced so why is more work being carried out so soon?

"There are kids who are dropped off here after school. They will be late back and it's not safe for them because of the sheer volume of cars. I can't imagine there will be many people getting to and from work on time."

Dominic Greatorex, of Boultham Park Road, said: "This will bring nearly four months of pain to the area.

"It is going to be a killer for the community and this isn't the first time work has had to be done on this part of the road. Traffic is already a huge issue and people are getting fed up of it. This will cause so much aggravation for so many people."

But, Alan Aistrup, head of highways at Lincolnshire County Council said: "Local residents will receive detailed information towards the end of the month regarding the temporary traffic management arrangements.

"The works to this junction should provide a significant improvement on completion.

"While works are under way, some disruption will be inevitable.

"We ask people to be patient and understanding as the long term benefits will be tangible."

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  • Alfa666  |  February 26 2013, 9:16AM

    I intend to regard the 'no right turn' as a guidline rather than a strict rule :-)

  • Ian_Heighton  |  January 11 2013, 6:04PM

    If these "improvements" are up to the usual standard, then the roads will be dug up again in the Summer to put it right and even then will be not as good as before they started.

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  • Roadscource  |  January 11 2013, 1:48PM

    WHINE and FreedomSpeech, when i look at Google Earth it shows Boultham Park Road and Dixon Street forming a cross with each other. This means that Dixon Street occurs both sides of BPRd and BPRd occurs both sides of Dixon Street. It is therefore possible to make TWO different right turn manouvres from Dixon Street onto BPRd and not simply the ONE manouvre you have decided upon. You may well be correct but this cannot be gleaned from the article above.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 11 2013, 1:20PM

    Just so we are clear, the story only states "During that time the right turn from Dixon Street into Boultham Park Road will be closed to motorists." As there is only one possible option for making such a turn, I would've thought it obvious what they were referring to.

  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 11 2013, 1:00PM

    "Your introducing new facts again WHINE that are not in the text of the story above to bolster yet another flimsy argument." A bit like you did when you said "Ive never seen anyone make that manouvre and there are no businesses in that direction anyway", then. "nor does it say that the mounouvre being stopped is the one involving the dedicated right turn on to BPR" Yes it does. Anyone with an iota of intelligence could work out that "the right turn from Dixon Street into Boultham Park Road will be closed to motorists" means the dedicated turn with its own lane and traffic signal, as evidenced by those of us who knew exactly what they were talking about =)

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  • Roadscource  |  January 11 2013, 12:16PM

    "Except that coming from the High Street isn't mentioned and there isn't a dedicated right turn on to BPR in that direction anyway. Still, keep digging - it's funny =)" Your introducing new facts again WHINE that are not in the text of the story above to bolster yet another flimsy argument. It is true, the story does not say the direction of approach to the junction either from High Street or from Tritton Road nor does it say that the mounouvre being stopped is the one involving the dedicated right turn on to BPR. Just so we are clear, the story only states "During that time the right turn from Dixon Street into Boultham Park Road will be closed to motorists."

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 11 2013, 11:33AM

    "Yes and on top of that reminding a poster what was said." Except that you haven't, because I didn't actually say that. And just to save some time, here's me telling you for a third time: I didn't actually say that.

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  • Roadscource  |  January 11 2013, 11:17AM

    "Are you trying to beat your 2012 record for getting things wrong?" Yes and on top of that reminding a poster what was said.

  • gazlincoln  |  January 11 2013, 11:16AM

    neil. the junctions wide enough. it's the drivers who need some training. most leave a two foot gap while waiting to turn right there. so people in the left hand lane cant go even though the filter lights on for them to do so. they could shop the footpath back and still peolple wouldnt go far enough to the right.

  • Nei11_Lincoln  |  January 11 2013, 11:01AM

    Alan Aistrup, While youre at it please make Dixon Street/High street end a little wider, so you can actually turn left without using a citron C5. Dixon street has become the conduit between the High street and Tritton road, its a terrace street, which just can not cope with the amout of traffic now flowing through it. By shaving a little pavemnt off each side you could get a proper third lane in, which would at least help the tragffic congestion.

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