This is why there were delays on Pelham Bridge today

Drivers in Lincoln were forced to endure heavy traffic and a lane closure around the Pelham Bridge area overran on Wednesday morning as part of two weeks of overnight roadworks.

Improvements to Melville Street, St Swithin’s Square and Bank Street began in mid-April. The night-time works expecting to last two weeks started on Monday, April 15. Works are set to be carried out Monday to Friday from 7.30pm to 6am.

Extra delays however caused frustration during morning rush hour on Wednesday as overnight works weren’t completed in time.

Commuters queued for miles along the A15 and back to Branston and other surrounding villages.

The lane closure on Pelham Bridge should be lifted at around lunchtime.

A highways spokesperson from Lincolnshire County Council said: “The contractor was unfortunately unable to complete last night’s work in time for the morning rush hour, so a lane closure was needed first thing. However, we are hoping to have this removed by around lunch time.”

Melville Street (northbound only) will be closed until Thursday, April 18.

St Swithin’s Square/Bank Street will be closed from Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 27.

The diversion route for the Melville Street closure will be via Portland Street/East-West Link/Ropewalk/University Bridge/Newland/Mint Street/Silver Street.

The diversion route for the St. Swithin’s/Bank Street closure will be via Portland Street/East-West Link/Ropewalk/University Bridge/Newland/Mint Street/Silver Street/Free School Lane.

Buses and train station traffic will follow the same diversion but be diverted onto Wigford Way and St Mary’s Street after Newland.