Action at Isle’s central traffic lights blackspot

NEWS: News.
NEWS: News.

Work is finally to be done in a bid to improve safety at the A161 traffic lights in Epworth.

Town councillors heard at their meeting this month that a new £25,000 system is to be implemented, and other investigations carried out by North Lincolnshire Council.

Leader of the council Liz Redfern reported that work is being done at the same time as a current closure of part of Burnham Road near the crossroads, to allow for repair work on a property.

The traffic signal control centre is to be replaced, said Coun Redfern, with a new three-stage arrangement. Traffic on the A161 will take priority, and a 60 second interval will become 90 seconds to allow HGVs more turning time.

The council is also considering above-ground detection on top of signal heads to pick up on slow moving vehicles, she said. A number of complimentary schemes include an aligning of the junction, new kerbing and help with the water run-off.

Coun Redfern said: “The engineers tell me we can expect a marked improvement.”

Isle MP Andrew Percy added: “We will monitor these changes very closely. We hope that in the end we will have the most effective traffic management possible for this area.”

The council has also acquired £850,000 for pothole work, the council leader revealed, and ideas for spending on the Humber Head Levels project are invited from members of the public, to improve the natural environment and heritage of the area. Another £2 million is available for second round bidding but more potential schemes are needed.

Work is starting soon on the new youth centre in Epworth, and new signage to parking areas and on Church Street is to be erected.

Cash allocations of £7,900 for refurbishment of the Imperial Hall and £3248 for King’s Head Croft mean these schemes will go ahead.

And signs on the M180 slip road to the A161 are to be replaced with ones containg extra information about Epworth.

Plans are also moving on regarding a new blue Isle shopping bus, in a bid to get more people to use it to access Isle towns and villages.