Works begin next week on new £800k Lincoln High Street pedestrian zone

An £800,000 project to create a new paved pedestrian zone on Lincoln High Street will begin next week, with some disruption expected over 14 weeks.

The scheme aims to improve the appearance of the area between Tentercroft Street and the Lincoln High Street level crossing. Work begins on Monday, August 7.

Construction firm North Midland Construction will be carrying out the project, which will see the area paved in natural stone with new seating and signage installed.

The construction works are programmed to last for 14 weeks and are expected to be complete by December, ahead of this year’s Christmas Market.

Some of the works will be carried out under night-time road closures to minimise disruption to the retail trade.

During the day, there will be some fenced off working areas; however, access to shops and premises will be maintained at all times.

The scheme is being delivered by Lincolnshire County Council, using part of the £2.7m granted by Central Government (via Department for Communities and Local Government) as Growth Point Pump Priming funds to “help unlock growth in Lincoln”.

The section of road has been closed to traffic since the completion of the East West Link road. Photo: Jamie Waller for The Lincolnite

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’d ask for your patience throughout the project, as we intend to do everything we can to minimise disruption. One way we’ll be doing this is by sequencing the scheme’s programme of works so that there is as little effect as possible on businesses, residents and pedestrians.

“When complete, this refurbished stretch of Lincoln’s High Street will make the area much more attractive and will create a more open and pleasant space for people living in or visiting the city to enjoy.”

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, added: “This project is going to give this part of the High Street a brand new lease of life. Combined with the East West Link Road, this work will really open up this area of central Lincoln, creating new opportunities that will help attract investment, fuelling further growth and prosperity.”