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Canwick Road £3.3m improvements approved

Plans to improve junctions along Canwick Road and South Park have been approved by Lincolnshire County Council.

The Lincoln Canwick Road Improvement Scheme, which will cost £3.3 million, aims to reduce congestion in Lincoln as well as support the future East West Link Road and Eastern Bypass.

Additionally, the Canwick Road area, within the South East Quadrant of the city, has been marked for further growth, requiring better junctions.

Lincolnshire County Council believe the existing junctions and interconnecting highway are currently over capacity, especially at peak time, which leads to traffic blocking, affecting the performance of other roads in the city.

Around £1.7 million of the funding will come from the Department for Transport’s Pinchpoint fund, a scheme which recently benefitted Newark Road.

The scheme will improve the Canwick Road and South Park Avenue junction with an additional southbound lane on Canwick Road, longer northbound left turn land from Canwick Road and South Park Avenue, an improved right turn lane into Kingsway, and a longer westbound merge lane along South park avenue.

Between the South Park Avenue and Washingborough Road junctions, Canwick Road will be made a four lane carriageway plus a right turn lane into South Park.

There will be better crossings at the Washingborough Road Junction and a longer merge lane to the south of the junction.

Main lane widths will be made wider (3.5 metres) due to extra land attained by the council, but in some areas may need to be reduced to three metres.

Cyclists and pedestrian will benefit from safer walkways and more toucan crossings.

The purchase of extra land will not affect the boundaries of the South Common or Cow Paddle areas.

Work is expected to begin in October 2014, after funding and the extra land is fully secured, taking around nine months to complete.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: “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.”