A £2.6 million bid to improve roads near to the A180 in Grimsby as part of a major reinvestment aiming to attract investment to the area has been approved by council leaders.
North East Lincolnshire Council’s plans will see work carried out on Woad Lane and Moody Lane as part of the first phase of a move to improve the stretch of highway between Pyewipe and Lockhill roundabouts.
A report before the council said the plans would help to improve access to the South Humber Bank and attract future investment to the area by improving journey times.
Councillor Matthew Pattrick said it would continue the town’s industrial heritage.
“We’re not a post industrial area, we’re still industrial area and will be long into the 21st Century,” he said.
He said it would support the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme which is looking to capatlise on opportunities for economic growth over 10 years.
Council leader Ray Oxby said: “It’s going to open and make accessible a huge priority site and will also future-proof and increase traffic flows so road maintenance budget won’t be so high.”
Councillor Peter Wheatley asked for plans by the Humber LEP investment board to create access to a nearby industrial estate to be considered and work carried out at the same time.
A total of £2,622,110 will be spent on the proposals which are planned to be completed by Autumn 2019.
The authority has secured £2,094,688 of funding from the Humber Enterprise Partnership, while £524,422 will be put forward by the council itself and £3,000 from Network Rail.
Works to be carried out as part of the first phase include:
- Woad Lane – Reconstruction of carriageway, resurfacing of footpath and create shared cycle path, remove traffic islands and full reconstruction of carriageway between Estate Road 1 and Estate Road 5.
- Moody Lane – Resurface carriageway and footpath, creation of off road shared cycle and footpath on south side between Gilbey Road and Woad Lane.
SUBSCRIBE TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEKLY, our exclusive email newsletter with highlights from coverage every week, as well as insights and analysis from our local democracy reporters.