Conference will seek ways to get South Holland’s road and rail links into top gear

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.
Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.
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Senior figures from transport companies will be helping to map out ways to improve South Holland’s stuggling road and rail links.

Level crossing closures in the Spalding area, a lack of both Sunday rail services and morning or evening services to Lincoln and the need to improve the A16 are among transport headaches for the area’s businesses.

George Scott, the chair of The Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum.

George Scott, the chair of The Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum.

Now a day-long transport conference has been organised to bring together transport leaders and senior representatives of some of the firms that rely on their services.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “These are just some of the subjects that we will be discussing on October 16 at Springfield’s Events Centre.

“We are bringing together for the day senior directors of all the leading transport companies plus the passenger transport watchdog and Lincolnshire County Council director, Richard Wills.”

Also present will be Ed Dunn of Network Rail, who is responsible for network strategy and planning, plus Neil Micklethwaite, the customer experience and commercial director from East Midland Trains.

This is a rare opportunity for businesses to take part in a full day transport conference.

Phil Scarlett, chamber president

Mr Scarlett said: “South Holland has over a million lorries that pass through the area and we supply around 38 per cent of the country’s fresh produce, which is set to expand over the next few years.

“Major house building plans have been announced in Spalding, Holbeach and Sleaford and all these residents will need good transport links for both business and leisure.

He added: “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to take part in a full day transport conference, which we believe has never been done before in this part of the county.

“We would like to see changes to make this area a vital link in the county’s transport policy.”

George Scott, the chair of The Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, said: “Our aim is to listen to and to ask questions of the speakers who operate services that affect all our daily lives when we need to travel.”

To book your place at £15, which includes lunch, contact Charlotte Baxter at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce on: 01522 523333 or e-mail: Charlotte.Baxter@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk