Eastern bypass approved, but not funding

Planning permission has finally been given to plans to extend the bypass to the eastern side of the Lincoln, despite a lack of funding.

In July, The Lincolnite reported official plans for a £130m project to link the current bypass at Wragby Road through to Sleaford Road on the South East of Lincoln.

The addition of the new leg of bypass will potentially see traffic in the city centre reduced by a fifth, as well as meeting key council objectives.

Councillor William Webb said:”This is the first step in providing Lincoln with a bypass on the eastern side of the city which it has been looking forward to since 1964.

“Just because the planning application has gone through does not mean that work is going to start immediately.”

Reports suggest that the bypass plans still need funding, and are in talks with central government, who may foot most of the bill.

This means that construction may not begin in 2013 as originally planned.

The scheme is backed by Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise, City of Lincoln Council, West Lindsey and North Kesteven authorities.

Related Reports: BBC Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo | Photo: Lincolnshire County Council