A further planning application for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass has been submitted to Lincolnshire County County Council after Chancellor George Osborne has agreed funding support of £50m towards the estimated £96m scheme for a single carriageway road.
The council’s planning department has a target date of 16 weeks for determination of the application. A decision is expected at the Planning and Regulation Committee in the spring. The road will take around two years to build and construction could start in 2014.
Councillor William Webb, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation, said: “This marks another significant step forward towards building a new eastern bypass around the city.
As the funding was specifically for a single carriageway road, we need to submit a new planning application — however, a dual carriageway road remains our longer term aspiration.”
Lincolnshire County Council is making a contribution of £14m, and is acting as ‘guarantor’ to underwrite the £33m third party funded element to help reduce delays with the scheme. This will be recouped from developers in due course.
Councillor Webb added: “This is one of a number of key schemes taking place around the county, seeking to improve the roads and help keep people moving safely. Plans for relief roads in Grantham and Spalding are also progressing well.”
The Lincoln Eastern Bypass scheme will provide a new single carriageway road linking the existing Northern Relief Road to the A15 in the south of Lincoln. It will also provide a crossing of the River Witham, the Lincoln to Market Rasen railway line and the Lincoln to Spalding railway Line.
The scheme will be located to the east of the city of Lincoln and the villages of Canwick and Bracebridge Heath, and to the west of the outlying villages of North Greetwell, Cherry Willingham, Washingborough and Branston.