Two-way traffic returns for Newark Road works

Two-way traffic will be able to pass along Newark Road in Lincoln after weeks of improvement works to the junction.

Due to the Newark Road improvements, temporary traffic lights on Bracebridge meant the road was only one-way.

The improvements hope to reduce travel in the area by two minutes in an hour due to better management of heavy traffic.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “With two-way traffic now returning, congestion on Newark Road should be a lot better.

“I know it’s been gridlock there over the last few months – I really do feel for anyone who’s been affected and I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience that we’ve caused.

“We always knew this would be a disruptive job because Newark Road was congested to start with – that’s why we needed to make these changes.

“But once all the work has been completed we expect journey times for motorists to be slashed by up to 2 minutes, and pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from improved facilities too.”

The £2 million project started on July 8, and is expected to finish on November 22.

Rookery Lane and Brant Road are being widened, while a ‘turn left’ lane is being added on Newark Road to let drivers turn into Brant Road.

There will also be a new cycle and footpath built along Newark Road and Brant Road.

The scheme is funded by £700,000 of Lincolnshire County Council money and a £1.3 million from the Department for Transport.