I have mulled this project (Link Road) over for some time and submit these ‘alternatives’ for debate. The ‘Elephant in the Town’ is 19th Century technology, it’s a ring of steel squeezing the life out of the town – the railway line. It does not go through our town it goes completely round it! When road traffic became too much for the town the A17 and A15 bypassed Sleaford. Today we are looking at bridging the railway and this is seen as progress! The removal of the Grantham to Boston line and divert the rail traffic along the town’s northern route would break this ‘ring of steel’ and open up the town. Cul-de-sacs from Russell Crescent in the east to Alexandra Road in the west would then have the ability to have free access out of town without moving first to the town centre. Attached to this bridge project is the Bass Maltings development which I see as an improvement to the commerce of the town. The problem with the high street is the traffic constantly moving through it, unlike Newark which enjoys a traffic free market place to shop in safety. The removal of the railway would be expensive but the A17 and A15 weren’t cheap, besides the old track could be redeveloped to offset the cost. It would allow access to the supermarket from the current rail crossing and turning the eastern track into a road would remove congestion from the town centre and offer direct access to the Maltings. I don’t see these bridges improving the town’s appearance or making Sleaford accessibility better. It’s only a matter of time before something else contentious crops up in Sleaford caused by this surrounding ‘ring of steel’.
London Road, Sleaford