Boston Distributor Road
There has been talk of a bypass for Boston for a number of years, but the Boston Transport Strategy 2006-2021 concluded that other measures would be more effective.
The strategy highlighted the fact that the majority of journeys either start or finish in the town and suggested a distributor road may be a more effective option than a bypass. This has been confirmed by traffic analysis completed in March 2016 as part of the ongoing Boston Transport Strategy update.
In 2008, working in partnership with Boston Borough Council, the county council undertook a study to identify potential constraints associated with the construction of a distributor road around the west of the town.
The current draft South East Lincolnshire Local Plan refers to a potential Boston distributor road and states that a ‘corridor’ of land, to be agreed with the borough and county councils, will be safeguarded within which a distributor road could be created. To enable such a road to be delivered as a whole, there are sections which would require major structures to be created over rail, road and water, however, funding for these is not currently available.
It is most likely that construction of a distributor road would need to be linked to future development in the town. The first of these, The Quadrant development by Chestnut Homes, is now being constructed. The development utilises a Growth Deal Allocation from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The scheme provides the initial section of the Boston Distributor Road by linking the A16 with the adjacent London Road. The proposed ‘Quadrant 2’ may then link London Road towards the A52/Boardsides area in the future
Subject to funding, the distributor road would provide a new route around the west side of the town linking the A16 to the North, the A1121 Boardsides and A52 to the West, and the A16 to the South. The road would also support local growth, reduce traffic congestion and mitigate the impact of increased rail traffic.
We continue to work closely with Boston Borough Council and potential developers, in view of further phases of the route.