Council in £5m transport bid for South West Lincoln

Residents and businesses in South West Lincoln are invited to pitch in on what sustainable transport measures should be included in a special £5 million bid for government funding.

Lincolnshire County Council is inviting the public from the Doddington Road, Whisby Road and Station Road area of North Hykeham and Lincoln to share their views at the Ibis Hotel in North Hykeham.

The event will run between 9:30am and 7:20pm on December 8, and the County Council will also accept opinions via email.

The bid is for up to £5 million of a £560 million pot of government cash from the Local Transport Fund and puts Lincoln up against other local authorities.

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor William Webb, explained how after looking at other successful bids, focussing on improving sustainable transport in the South West area of Lincoln has the best chance of success.

“The bid has to demonstrate how it will help create growth in the local economy, as well as tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

“With industrial estates on Doddington Road, Station Road and Whisby Road already extensive and expanding, along with the construction of Teal Park, a focus on this area makes real sense,” said Webb.

He also expressed the importance of hearing from the people of the area to ensure their views are reflected in the final bid.

Webb said: “Only they can tell us what sustainable transport measures would make a genuine difference to their lives.”

Several points were raised for consideration:

  • Would you consider leaving your car at home and use alternative modes of transport?
  • Could a cycle lane make a difference on your route to work, or somewhere safe to store your bike when you get there?
  • Would you like to see improved walking routes?
  • How could better facilities at Hykeham train station or better information and facilities at bus stops help?

The completed bid will be submitted at the end of February 2012 and the outcome of the proposal will be known in June 2012.