MP presses for A17 dualling in near future

The A17 at Leadenham. EMN-150812-145007001
The A17 at Leadenham. EMN-150812-145007001

Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips has been pressing transport ministers to consider funding an upgrade of the A17 to dual carriageway.

Last week he asked the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment had been made of the economic benefits of dualling the A17.

Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, said there had been no assessment of the economic benefits of dualling the A17 in its entirety or in single sections. He said it was up to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils to develop proposals if they wished.

Mr Phillips told the Standard: “Since first being elected as an MP, I have been trying to push for the road to be dualled, at least in part, to ease congestion at busy times and keep everyone moving. I will continue to have conversations with the local council and ministers on how best to achieve this going forward. I believe this is a plan that should be strongly considered in the near future.”