Smaller queues and better traffic flow on improved Canwick Road, council claims

The councillor responsible for Lincolnshire’s highways has declared that the Canwick Road project has “drastically reduced” congestion in that part of Lincoln.

The £5 million scheme was declared open on June 1, after five months, with council representatives and special guests meeting at the Canwick Road junction with South Park Avenue to announce the completion of the roadworks.

Work had been carried out to ease congestion by introducing wider lanes along Canwick Road and on the approaches to the South Park Avenue junction, dedicated turning lanes, and improved junction layouts.

(L-R) Executive County Councillor for Transport Richard Davies, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney and Special Projects Manager Alan Airstrip cutting the ribbon and opening Canwick Road.

(L-R) Executive County Councillor for Transport Richard Davies, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney and Special Projects Manager Alan Airstrip cutting the ribbon and opening Canwick Road.

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Richard Davies, said that “it is quite clear” that motorists have witnessed the benefits of the work carried out by the county council to Canwick Road.

He said: “The amount of time that cars now spend sat in non-moving traffic has drastically reduced with traffic flowing freely for the majority of the day – something rarely seen before the improvements.”

Lincolnshire County Council queue length data recorded at the end of September at peak times has been compared to data from the same time last year.

Figures show traffic using the road is now queuing for an average of 51 metres rather than the 455 metres they queued before the changes were made earlier this year.

Councillor Davies added: “These figures relate to the times when we see the highest numbers of traffic using the road so at quieter times traffic is not queuing at all.

“We are under no illusions that we have solved all of Lincoln’s traffic problems, but we have taken a step in the right direction.

“The work that we are undertaking in creating a new East West Link Road and hopefully the Eastern Bypass next year will also go towards further improving traffic flow in and around the city in coming years.”