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Boston Stump and River Witham
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Boston is a town in Lincolnshire on the River Witham at the head of The Wash and North Sea. It has a port.

Traffic Flows

John Adams Way and Haven Bridge

The main traffic flows through the town are from North Lincolnshire to Spalding and Peterborough. Also holiday traffic from the East Midlands to Skegness and the Lincolnshire Coast resorts.

Boston does not have a bypass. Traffic passes through the town on the Inner Relief Road and the London Road Diversion.


Inner Relief Road

Stage 1 shown on the 1970 OS map

Stage 1 Haven Bridge - The town's third crossing of River Witham to provide a link from the south and east to South Street (to bypass Town Bridge) was opened in July 1966 per a 40th Anniversary online article by Lincolnshireworld. The scheduled opening had been for June 1966 per Hansard. Contractor was Thomas Fletcher and Co. Ltd. of Mansfield, tender price £214,060. Queen Street and Liquorpond Street were improved and diverted, cost £80,383. The reinforced concrete bridge had a 94 foot span and 76 foot width. It had 3 westbound lanes and 2 eastbound. Haven Bridge was widened in July 1973 and became part of the Boston Inner Relief Road which opened in 1978. Later a multiplex with A52.

Stage 2

Stage 2 John Adams Way - From the east end of Haven Bridge to Bargate Roundabout. The 0.75 mile dual carriageway opened without ceremony on 2 May 1978. Contractor was Sheldon Contracting Co. Ltd. of Solihull, tender price £624,500, although this was exceeded. Named after the 2nd President of U.S.A.. A16 and a multiplex with A52.

London Road Diversion

London Road Diversion

The 0.85 mile road from High Street (by Haven Bridge) to Marsh Lane (Marsh Lane Link Road) was opened on 20 August 1989 per the Land Compensation Act notice. It included 200m dual carriageway stretches at either end. A16 with a multiplex with A52 on the northern John Adams Way section.


Route To Notes




Louth, Grimsby


King's Lynn, Wisbech (A17)






Local route Alternative cross town route (but not signposted)


Port of Boston



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