£96m Lincoln Eastern bypass gets go-ahead

Lincoln’s Eastern bypass bypass project has finally been given green light by authorities after a Government-appointed inspector heard the cases for and against the project including its revised side roads and compulsory purchase orders.

Opponents to the scheme caused long delays to the project and at one stage it had been thought that it may not survive the government spending reviews. But, the Secretary of State has finally granted the legal orders required for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass scheme to progress following a Public Inquiry which took place in August.

The contract for the bypass, which is expected to take two years to complete and will cost around £96million, can now be awarded, following which work should be able to commence later this year.

The council estimates that more than 30,000 jobs will be created as a result of the development which could also cut traffic in the city by 26 per cent.

The scheme aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.

The eastern bypass will serve as a step towards the completion of an eventual ring road around Lincoln, connecting the existing western and northern relief roads to the anticipated southern bypass.