Work to begin this summer on £800k Lincoln High Street plaza

An artist impression has been released showing how a section of Lincoln’s new-look High Street will look after a £800,000 rejuvenation project.

The project will see the recently-pedestrianised area between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street paved in natural stone with new seating and signage.

Works are expected to start in August and reach completion before the Christmas Market in December.

North Midland Construction has been awarded the contract to carry out the work, which will use part of the £2.7 million granted by central government to ‘help unlock growth in Lincoln’.

Lincolnshire County Council planners hope to make the area more attractive to shoppers and give local businesses a boost.

The council has said the programme of works will be sequenced to minimise disruption to businesses, residents and pedestrians.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Lincoln. When complete, not only will these improvement works link this part of the city with the uphill area around the cathedral and castle, but they will also create a more open and pleasant space.”

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, added: “These works will give this part of the High Street a new lease of life by strengthening its connection with the existing shopping area north of the level crossing. In turn, this will attract more people to the area, increase footfall for local businesses and open up the potential for activities like street markets and outdoor cafes.

“Combined with the recent opening of the East West Link Road, this work would really open up this area of central Lincoln, creating new opportunities that will help attract investment and fuel growth.”