The A15 connects the area with Peterborough, Lincoln, and north Lincolnshire. The A1 is accessible via the A1175 near Stamford. The A1175 links the area to Spalding, east Lincolnshire, and north Norfolk.
The area is served by buses provided by Delaine Buses, Shaws Coaches, National Express, and Lincolnshire CallConnect provide an ‘on-demand’ service to supplement the scheduled services.
The St James Deeping railway station closed in the 1960s. The nearest operational stations are at Stamford and Peterborough. There are proposals to reopen the station at Deeping St Nicholas which would become the nearest station to the plan area should it reopen.
Stamford has westbound services towards Leicester and Birmingham, and eastbound services to Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.
Peterborough station is served by long-distance East Coast Main Line services to London, Northern England, and Scotland. It also has services to Leicester, Birmingham, and Stansted Airport. Starting in May 2018 there will be services through central London to Gatwick Airport.
The Sustrans National Cycle Network map shows traffic-free cycle routes north along the A15 from Market Deeping to Langtoft and south from Market Deeping towards Northborough. There is also an on-road route towards Peakirk via Deeping Gate.
We need to understand the types of journeys people are making or might want to make in the future to develop policies which seek to address these needs.
Consider commuters, school, leisure, etc.
Can use census data to look at some of these flows of people.
Also consider short term changes, such as construction traffic, and how that might be managed to minimise disruption etc.
Talk to LCC/SKDC about what aspirations they have to develop the road network etc
Factors that may change traffic demands
New housing developments are being built on edge of settlement meaning increased journey lengths to town centre. This may make walking less feasible and so increases the need for cycle provision to avoid increase use of private cars.
An increasingly elderly population less able to use active travel options like walking or cycling without good facilities that seek to minimise journey distances, road crossings, obstacles, and accommodate motorised mobility aids.
Other possible areas to consider
Promoting use of electric vehicles by seeking the introduction of charging points. South Kesteven District Council may be looking at adding such provision at their car park in Halfleet.
Promoting cycling by seeking provision for secure bike storage at destinations.
Barriers to public transport use
Lack of integrated ticketing
No single provider of timetable and journey information
Barriers to active travel
Access to south require crossing River Welland. Deeping St James bridge frequently congested. Footbridges upstream/downstream of the road bridge not suitable for cyclists. Market Deeping Bridge – Narrow pavements 40 mph speed limit.
Work to do
- Identify stakeholders etc. (local authorities, transport companies, developers, walking/cycling groups etc.)
- Develop plan on how to answer questions we’ve identified
- Carry out research work and engage with relevant stakeholders
- Develop proposed policies to address the issues identified and seek views of stakeholders to provide basic assessment of feasibility
Produce final report for steering group with recommendations on policies and the supporting evidence base