Lincoln Eastern Bypass gets the boot

Three weeks after it was granted planning permission, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass was put on hold by the government due to funding issues.

The project requires £130million of capital, and would link the current bypass at Wragby Road through to Sleaford Road on the South East of Lincoln.

The bypass would serve as a step towards the completion of an eventual ring road around the city, connecting relief roads to an anticipated southern bypass.

However, questions over funding for the bypass were raised earlier in October, when planners approved the project but no cash was secured.

Now, according to reports, the future of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is in limbo, as the government will decide in January whether the project will receive funding.

The Department for Transport announced three tiers of projects: approved, some competing for cash, and others in need of further investigation.

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass was placed in the third category. Despite this, the Lincolnshire County Council is still optimistic for their cause.

Paul Coathup from the council’s highways and transport department claims the project was not identified as cancelled.

“We are in a list of schemes called the Pre-qualification List, and it will be evaluated, but they have a full business case submitted by us for their evaluation.”