Bus company applies to reopen route in Godsey Lane after traffic lights but on hold

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A bus company is hoping to reinstate its service to Godsey Lane in Market Deeping by the end of next week after plans to install traffic lights have been put on hold.

Delaine Buses has applied to the Traffic Commissioners for special dispensation to reinstate the 102 service along Godsey Lane.

Lincolnshire County Council announced yesterday (Thursday) its decision to defer making the changes to the traffic system to give it more time to speak with the local councils and the bus company and consider their feedback.

The work to install the lights on the roundabout to Tesco and further along the road at the entrance to Hardwicke Gardens estate was due to begin on February 4, lasting 23 weeks.

It has now been postponed until early April at the earliest.

Delaine Buses managing director Anthony Delaine-Smith said: “We don’t want to affect people more than we have too so we have applied to be able to go down Godsey Lane again.”

“We anticipate a decision some time within the next week.

“We are well aware it is not over yet and we urge people to get involved with the campaign to stop the lights being installed.

“I would like to thank Deeping St James Parish Council and Market Deeping Town Council for their efforts fighting the lights.

“Without them nothing would have been done.”

Lincolnshire County Council put its plans on hold following a campaign lead by Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Phil Dilks and vice-chairman Andy Pelling who launched an online petition against the plans. So far 800 people have signed it.

Coun Dilks wrote to numerous county councillors appealing for plans to be reconsidered.

Coun Dilks said: “Seven sets of lights is absolute madness and it almost came in under the radar.

“There has never been a problem with traffic so why are they doing this.

“Even though this is in Market Deeping it is an issue that affects the whole of the Deepings because everyone uses the services along Godsey Lane like Tesco and the medical centre.”

“We need to intensify the campaign because all we have achieved so far is a reprieve.

Coun Dilks hopes to get all the people who would be affected by the lights together to discuss the issue further.