Grantham Journal letter: Little relief at A1 junction

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With reference to the article in last week’s Journal regarding the Southern Relief Road. I am at a loss to understand how the proposal ‘takes the A52 away from the High Street’ as quoted.

For this to happen, traffic approaching the town from the west on the A52 will have to turn south on to the A1, at what is already an extremely busy junction and will necessitate a turn across traffic leaving the town. The existing traffic level means that at times there is a queue waiting to do that turn, and the vastly increased numbers attempting this manoeuvre will mean almost permanent queues, which will encourage drivers to use the existing route through the town.

I am not aware of any plan to modify the junction of the A52/A1 so that through traffic will find it easier to turn on to the A1 and use the planned new stretch of road.

It seems to me likely that the lorry driver network will quickly work out that it will be easier and quicker to use the existing route unless such changes at that junction are made. It will also be necessary for satnav manufacturers to ensure that anyone planning to travel from west to east and vice versa are routed via the new arrangements. I know from personal experience that this is not always the case.

David Payne

Barrowby Road, Grantham