News: Road could be closed permanently amid RAF base security concerns

News: Road could be closed permanently amid RAF base security concerns

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A busy road could be permanently closed amid security concerns at RAF Cranwell.

The B1429 Cranwell Avenue, which runs past the airbase and RAF College Cranwell, could be shut indefinitely.

Lincolnshire County Council, which is responsible for roads in the area, has confirmed the Ministry of Defence wants to close part of the road.

It is not clear when the decision will be made, but the closure would likely see more traffic funneled onto the A17 towards Holdingham Roundabout – which is already one of th busiest stretches of road in the county.

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RAF Cranwell is bracing itself for an influx of personnel because the Basic Recruit Training School and Airman Command School at RAF Halton will be moving to the site. This has raised concerns about how to keep recruits under the age of 18 safe.

Speaking at Cranwell Parish Council’s AGM on April 2 this year, Wing Commander Philip Mann, representing RAFC Cranwell, admitted the road could be closed as a result.

In minutes of the meeting, which have only recently been released, it states Wg Cdr Mann told the council the relocation of the training schools presents safeguarding concerns about how to manage the welfare of some teenage recruits.

He suggested that one solution to this would be additional fencing and the possibility of closing the B1429 near the A17 at Byard’s Leap and the current guardroom.

Prince William was taught to fly in the RAF at Cranwell
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He added that any changes would have to be done after a major consultation with LCC and local residents.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the council, confirmed the MOD wants to close part of the road.

“With RAF Cranwell set to expand in the coming years, the Ministry of Defence is proposing to close a section of the B1429 to ensure the base remains secure,” he said.

“We’re currently collecting traffic data and speaking to the local community so we can understand the potential impact this would have on the area.

“This will give us a better idea of the types of improvements that might be needed on the surrounding roads, if the MOD do decide to go ahead with the closure.”

A spokesperson for the MOD said it was too early to determine what impact these changes could have.

“RAF Cranwell’s expansion is part of the Defence Estate Optimisation Programme,” she said. “Assessment of the expansion is expected to begin in early 2020.

“Until the project assessment study has taken place, it is too early to tell the level of impact the site expansion would have.”



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