Canwick Road traffic reductions promised after day two of works

Lincolnshire County Council has promised reductions in Canwick Road delays from tomorrow after reviewing traffic management arrangements.

Drivers in and around the south of Lincoln have faced delays of more than an hour and tailbacks through to surrounding villages since the start of a £4.5 million project to upgrade Canwick Road on Monday, January 5.

The second day of the works, which coincided with the return of children to school after the Christmas break, also saw significant delays for motorists.

Public transport in the area was also affected by diversions and a revised Stagecoach bus timetable has been implemented as a result.

From Wednesday, January 7, the council will phase a change to the traffic lights system which will give priority to traffic coming in to Lincoln.

The roadworks to improve access to Canwick Road in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The roadworks to improve access to Canwick Road in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Alan Aistrup, special projects manager said: “This morning was the second day of the improvement works on Canwick Road and as schools returned from the Christmas break, we expected traffic levels to be higher than the previous day.

“Unfortunately we’re aware that some drivers experienced delays during their journey into Lincoln this morning.

“In light of this we have reviewed the traffic management arrangements for tomorrow morning and we are confident that the delays will be reduced for subsequent days.

“Unfortunately we can’t remove the delays completely and we still advise travellers to allow extra time for their journey or use an alternate route if possible.

“We will continue to monitor the impacts of the work on a daily basis and review the traffic management arrangements if necessary.”

The Canwick Road works are causing traffic disruption in the area. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Canwick Road works are causing traffic disruption in the area. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The five-month-long project will provide an additional southbound lane on Canwick Road.

The work will also include a series of improvements at the junctions with South Park Avenue and Washingborough Road.