June 23, 2021 10.14 am This story is over 13 months old

Works begin in July for new safer crossing at busy Hykeham junction

Work is expected to take six weeks

Three-way temporary lights and pedestrian crossings will be in operation for six weeks of works to make a busy North Hykeham junction safer.

Work to improve the pedestrian crossing and traffic signals at the junction of Newark Road and Station Road will start on Thursday, July 22, 2021, but it will remain open.

However, Moor Lane will be closed at its junction with Newark Road, with traffic diverted via Lincoln Road, Hykeham Road and A1434 Newark Road, and vice versa.

The works are expected to be finished by Friday, September 3.

The traffic lights at the junction will be replaced with new, ultra-low voltage equipment to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the crossing.

Work will also take place to make the junction safer for pedestrians. The traffic islands will be removed so people will be able to cross the road in one go. People will also be able to cross diagonally, saving some from needing to cross twice.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways on Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is a very busy junction, and with three schools all in close proximity, it’s only right that we bring it up to the latest standards.

“Removing the islands means the crossings are no longer staggered, and there won’t be a temptation to dash to the middle when the light is red.

“By moving the pedestrian lights to the nearside – rather than across the road – it’ll also be immediately clear whether it’s safe to cross or not. And you’ll be able to cross in one fell swoop, either straight over or diagonally.”