Lincolnshire

Five things we learned from our interview with leading Lincolnshire county councillor Richard Davies

The Lincolnshire county councillor in charge of highways and transportation, Richard Davies, has answered a range of questions on potholes, roads, trains and street lights.

Take a look at our interview live on Tuesday, July 25, below:

Here is a breakdown of the top five takeaways from the interview:

  1. The Lincoln Eastern Bypass is moving ahead on schedule despite concerns over the contractor Carillion issuing a profit warning. Despite initially wanting a dual carriageway, Councillor Davies said they were stopped by the government from doing this in 2010. And we would need to get Theresa May on the phone to defend why she has given £1 billion to the DUP in Northern Ireland, but nothing more for Lincolnshire.
  2. The Grantham Southern Relief Road is expected to be completed by December 2021. This has not been affected by work Highways England is carrying out on the A1 nearby, which has pushed back Phase Two of the project by at least six months.
  3. Councillor Davies said that the rest of the UK needs to stop losing out to central London in terms of infrastructure projects. However, he said it was incumbent on Lincolnshire and other counties to work even more closely. He has encouraged readers to take part in the Department for Transport’s consultation on the new East Midlands rail franchise, which can be viewed here.
  4. He rejects claims that the county council’s policy on street lighting has put some areas back in the dark ages. Difficult decisions have to be made and the public understands that Conservatives in Lincolnshire will look after the county council’s finances, he argued.
  5. In case you were unaware, you can report a highways fault such as potholes online on Lincolnshire County Council’s website by clicking here. Similarly, you can claim compensation from the council under very specific circumstances.