Funding granted for Canwick Road improvement works

Funding has been granted for improvement works at the Canwick Road and South Park Avenue junction, one of the busiest in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire County Council will receive £1.7 million from the Department for Transport in 2014/15 and will contribute with £1.6 million for the scheme totalling £3.4 million.

The project will improve the junction of Canwick Road with South Park Avenue and Washingborough Road South. Documents detailing the Canwick Road proposals can be found here.

The improvements will see two lanes of traffic in each direction helping traffic flow and easing congestion on this busy commuter route.

The original proposals for these works was to begin before the end of 2014 and it is still hoped that work could begin in this timeframe.

This is the second government ‘pinch point’ relief funding for Lincoln, after the Newark Road works which began this summer are set to finish in November.

In total, 72 projects across the country received funding, totalling £190 million (£300 million with local contributions).

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, says: “When the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited Lincoln to see the traffic issues on Newark Road, he was amazed that we had already begun work.

“We have been well-prepared, efficient and have had worked-up plans already in place for Canwick Road, and along with the considerable support from Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, we have again secured funding for this next vital improvement project.”

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: “I warmly welcome this investment by my government in tackling congestion in our beautiful city and am grateful to elected and officer colleagues at Lincolnshire County Council who both helped to secure this £1.6m of central government funding for the Canwick Road improvement scheme and have promised to contribute almost as much again.

“This junction is one that for many years has created congestion at various times during the day for drivers who are travelling through, into and across our city and I am pleased that my continual campaigning for a number of years on the need for improvements at the Canwick Road/Hill and South Park junction is bearing fruit with my Conservative colleagues in government and at the County Council.”