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Petitions call for Tallington bypass funding

Ken Otter, right, and Tallington Bypass Action Group member Justin McKenzie with signed petitions calling for a bridge over the Tallington level crossing. 
Photo: MSMP040314-009ow

Ken Otter, right, and Tallington Bypass Action Group member Justin McKenzie with signed petitions calling for a bridge over the Tallington level crossing. Photo: MSMP040314-009ow

 

Campaigners hope two petitions will persuade a council to make millions of pounds available for a bypass around a village.

Members of the Tallington Bypass Action Group have been collecting signatures over the last few weeks to hand over to Lincolnshire County Council.

The campaigners want the level crossing in Tallington to be closed and replaced by a bridge and bypass. Network Rail is carrying out a feasibility study into the closure, but the campaigners are worried the county council will not contribute any funds to the project.

Two petitions will be handed over to the council ahead of an upcoming highways and transport scrutiny committee meeting.

One, set up by Ken Otter online, attracted more than 1,000 signatures from motorists who use the crossing. A second, taken around the village by action group members, attracted 125 signatures from about 190 homes.

Justin McKenzie, who set up the village petition, said it was important the council acted before new services were introduced on the East Coast mainline.

He added: “If the council spends money it is wholly positive. If it doesn’t it’s wholly negative and comes with consequences.”

The action group hoped the county council would include funds for the bypass in its 2014/15 budget, but no provision was made.

The council has to save £12m this year after its Government grant was cut.

As part of Network Rail’s feasibility study, a number of potential routes have been looked at. They include to the north and south of Tallington, along with one option through part of the village.

Network Rail has repeatedly tried to reassure residents that nothing has yet been decided.

Campaigners have also tried to get Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles on their side. Mr Boles met the county council and Network Rail in December to discuss the issue, but said it was unlikely the council would contribute any money given the budget pressures it was facing.

 

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