£92m bypass given green light
Work on a £92 million bypass is set to get under way this summer after the project was given the go-ahead by transport bosses.
The Eastern Bypass in Lincoln, which will be partly financed by Government funding, is expected to take two years to complete.
Estimates also suggest that development of the land for housing and businesses could create some 30,000 jobs over 15 years.
Contractors are now to be sought by Lincolnshire County Council for the project, which will connect the A158 and the A15.
Permission for the scheme was granted after two inquiries to iron out safety concerns relating to a bridge.
But the Department for Transport authorised the new bypass following a review of a planning inspector’s report.
The bridge which was the subject of previous inquiries was also redesigned.
It is hoped the five-mile, single carriageway will reduce congestion in Lincoln by as much as 26%.
Observers have hinted that further investment in Lincoln’s transport infrastructure could follow.
A fully circular road taking drivers around the city was once an objective for planners, and there are hopes a southern bypass could help to make this a reality.
Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney is also campaigning for the Eastern Bypass project to be upgraded to a dual carriageway.
Councillor Richard Davies said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this inquiry.
“I am glad that the inspector saw that the bypass is a vital component in our plans to create a fit-for-purpose highways infrastructure for the needs of an expanding Lincoln.
“Hopefully we can now progress with this long-awaited bypass without any further needless expense or delay.”
February 29, 2016 | Share: