Plans to add an eastern leg to Lincoln’s bypass, between the A158 Wragby Road roundabout and the A15 Sleaford Road have finally been unveiled.
The project, to link up the western bypass (Newark Road to Wragby Road) with east Lincoln, is now in motion with three potential routes plotted on a plan of the city (pictured). Work is proposed to begin as early as 2013, and could cost up to £130m.
Consultations with the public and Environmental Agency for the long-awaited eastern bypass have been completed, and the planning application will be submitted to Lincolnshire County Council at the end of July.
The Council believe that by adding the new section, road traffic inside Lincoln will be reduced by a fifth, as well as enhancing the city centre’s environment and meeting key County Council objectives.
Funding is still needed, though the scheme is currently backed by Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise and the District Authorities (Lincoln City, West Lindsey and North Kesteven).
Assistant Director for Highways and Traffic, Paul Coathup, is looking forward to the bypass being complete: “I’m optimistic because it ticks all the boxes. The bypass will free up traffic in Lincoln city centre by 20%, making Lincoln a cleaner place and helping to protect its historic buildings.”
However, the fate of the southern section of the bypass between A15 Sleaford Road and the A46(T) Western Relief Road is yet to be decided.