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‘Business as usual’ during Lincoln Newport Arch works

Residents and visitors are being reminded that it’s business as usual for traders in the Bailgate of Lincoln, while work is carried out on Newport Arch.

The reminder from the City of Lincoln Council comes as a temporary road closure was set up on March 10 so specialist stonemasons can continue repair work to the Roman arch.

The closure of Newport Court between Bailgate and Newport ensures the safety of both the public and contractors.

During this time, access to Bailgate will be via Rasen Lane, Burton Road, Westgate and Chapel Lane until April 11.

Map of diversion. Photo: City of Lincoln Council
Map of diversion. Photo: City of Lincoln Council

 

Newport Arch completely closed off.
Newport Arch completely closed off.

At present, sections of the gable walls are being removed and rebuilt stone-by-stone to repair damage caused by weathering. Then, new capping will be added to protect the arch.

John Latham, Director of Development and Environmental Services at City Council, said: “This road closure is unfortunate but necessary to ensure the safety of the stonemasons and the public alike while this challenging repair work is carried out.

“Signs will be put in place to advise drivers of the diversion and to remind shoppers that businesses in Bailgate will be open as usual while the works take place.

“This restoration is essential to secure the future of Newport Arch, which is the oldest arch in the country that traffic can still pass underneath.

“It is vital we do everything we can to maintain this hugely significant part of Lincoln’s heritage.”

As previously reported, the City of Lincoln Council put aside £80,000, plus £60,000 in WREN funding, to restore the 3rd-century Roman gate as part of its legal duty to maintain the landmark.

The arch, the only one of its kind still in use by traffic, is presently on English Heritage’s “at risk” register.