A raft of closures will be rolled out across roads and car parks in Lincoln city centre over the next two weeks as work begins on the new £30 million Transport Hub.
The scheme will encompass a new state-of-the-art bus station, 1,000 space multi-storey car park, retail units and new facilities at Lincoln Central Train Station.
Work requires the demolition of the existing bus station, the closure of four car parks and a number of roads in the St Mark Street area.
Despite approving plans for a 584-space replacement car park off Beevor Street the City of Lincoln Council has not yet moved ahead to open the space to cars. The council is continuing to assess options for temporary parking.
- Norman Street, Oxford Street and Pelham Road underpass will close for at least 18 months from Monday, September 5.
- The diversion route will take people driving either north or southbound on Broadgate onto the East West Link Road, to the Ropewalk, over University Bridge, onto Newland and into Wigford Way.
- Diversion routes can be found online here.
- Drivers should also bear in mind the closure of High Street between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street, and the northbound one-way system on Brayford Wharf East.
- Four car parks have closed to make way for the hub – Tentercroft Street, where the temporary bus station is located, Sincil Street, Thornbridge and NCP St Mary’s Street.
- Weekend visitors and shoppers can use Siemens staff car park in Waterside North, which costs just £3 a day.
- A full list of open car parks can be found online here.
- A temporary bus station will begin operating in Tentercroft Street from Sunday, August 28.
- Passengers will still be able to get out in the city centre at a new bus stop outside the old bus station in Broadgate.
- Southbound passengers will be able to alight opposite from their usual service, while northbound passengers can either walk into the city centre from the temporary bus station, or catch a service going that way.
- Timetables and maps are available from the existing bus station until it closes, and then the temporary facility, or you can find them online here.
- The number of services on the Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln line rose last year, with an extra 13 services a day stopping at Hykeham Station, just 10 minutes away by rail.
- Access to the station from St Mary’s Street will be unaffected during the works.
Contractors Willmott Dixon Construction will move on site and begin clearance work in preparation for archaeological investigations set to take place under the old bus station.
Kate Ellis, Assistant Director for Growth and Regeneration at the city council, said: “By improving and connecting facilities for bus passengers, rail users and motorists the hub will not only help people get into and around the city, it will act as a catalyst for further growth and investment.
“With a regeneration project of this size and significance some disruption is unavoidable.
“However, we have been working closely with Lincolnshire County Council to minimise the impact on the roads, and we would encourage people to look at other ways they may be able to get around more easily.
“We appreciate there will be some inconvenience but we hope people will agree this will be far outweighed by the end result.”
Construction on the transport hub is expected to last up to 18 months, with the new facilities open by early 2018.