Richard Davies: New vision for the future of travel in Lincoln

It’s been three months since we met with and asked people for their views and opinions about transport in and around Lincoln. And now, the Lincoln Transport Strategy team is busy feeding all of the responses into a blueprint for improving travel around Lincoln now and in the future.

Not only did we have the opportunity to speak with over 700 people at our engagement events, but we also received 1,300 completed surveys.

I’d like to thank everyone that shared their views with us. All of the feedback we had through has provided a very valuable insight into what people think we should focus on over the next two decades.

One of the early observations we’ve picked up is that people are really keen for us to complete Lincoln’s ring road by building the North Hykeham Relief Road sooner rather than later.

I want to assure everyone that this project will most definitely be included in the strategy and is something we’re continuing to work towards.

A lot of people also suggested offering more evening and weekend bus services, as well as making the city more cycle-friendly.

Sustainable transport is something we encourage, support and want to see more of in the coming years. So I expect Lincoln’s new transport strategy will include a number of options for encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or use buses and trains when possible.

Lincoln’s current transport strategy, developed in 2006, has led to several major improvements to the city’s road network. These include dualling the A46 at Teal Park, completing the East-West Link Road and carrying out a number of congestion-busting improvement schemes and successful public and sustainable transport projects.

Not just that, but the largest project proposed in the current transport strategy – the Lincoln Eastern Bypass – is currently being built and is set to open next spring.

Our aspiration with the new transport strategy is to continue identifying and investing in the infrastructure Lincoln needs to keep growing and prospering in the future. All while keeping people living, working and visiting the city moving over the next twenty years.

Anyone interested in learning more about major road schemes taking place in Lincoln and elsewhere across the county can visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects for details.