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Rutland MP welcomes news that council will conduct survey of A6003 near Caldecott

A council has confirmed that a survey of issues on the stretch of the A6003 near the village of Caldecott will take place.

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns (Con) confirmed on Monday (October 23) that Rutland County Council will conduct a study of the issues relating to the Caldecott stretch of the A6003, after she raised concerns on behalf of the village.

Earlier this year Mrs Kearns met with residents and raised their concerns, asking the council to commission a survey into the problems with the Caldecott stretch of the A6003, and the need for a bypass around the village.

Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns (Con)
Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns (Con)

The resulting discussions between Caldecott Parish Council and Rutland County Council have now led to an agreement that an independent highways expert will be appointed to conduct an assessment of the section of the road which passes through Caldecott.

As part of the study, Rutland County Council will be assessing previous work on the relief road project, the current usage of the road, its classification, and the impact of proposed growth in the surrounding area. In addition, the assessment will look at the width of the road and its suitability for HGV traffic.

Mrs Kearns said: “Ensuring the safety of our roads across our rural communities remains a key priority for me, so I am delighted that Rutland County Council has listened to the strength of voices in our communities, and has agreed to conduct a study into the Caldecott stretch of the A6003.

“Having previously met with Caldecott residents to discuss their concerns, I know how worrying and frustrating incidents of HGVs speeding through the village can be.

“HGVs using Caldecott as a cut through to access the A47 is not only a serious safety issue, but vehicles have also caused significant damage to residents’ properties here on numerous occasions.

“I look forward to hearing the outcome of this important study.”

Rutland County Council previously had funding allocated for a relief road project but the financial crisis in 2007 meant it was unable to go ahead.

The survey is expected to start in six months’ time.

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