Lincoln Eastern Bypass
A Public Inquiry in respect of the Compulsory Purchase and Side Road orders took place over 6 days in February at The Bentley Hotel. The Inspector submitted his report to the Department for Transport at the end of April and a final decision is expected to be announced by the Secretary of State in early July. Subject to confirmation of the Orders, the expected start date for the major elements of construction is late 2014/early 2015. The work is expected to take approximately two years to complete.
Canwick Road South Park to Hall Drive (Local Pinchpoint Fund)
The proposed scheme from South Park Avenue to Hall Drive will see a four lane carriageway on the B1188, with an improved off slip from Canwick Road onto South Park Avenue, two lanes extending from the tidal flow through South Park Avenue junction, a revised junction at Washingborough Road, including pedestrian facilities, and a significantly longer merge lane to the south of Washingborough Road. Work is expected to start early in the New Year.
Brayford Wharf East Footbridge
Network Rail are due to commence work in September on a new footbridge over the railway on Brayford Wharf East. The scheme will require the closure of Brayford Wharf East to vehicular traffic for the duration of the works and an alternative route will be signed. However the road will remain open to two way traffic from Wigford Way to Brayford Street to maintain access to the NCP car park. In addition the existing right turn ban on to Wigford Way will be removed to minimise disruption.
High Street Footbridge
Planning Consent has been given by The City of Lincoln Council for a second Network Rail footbridge on the High Street. This much needed facility is set to run consecutively with the Brayford Wharf Bridge. Work is expected to commence in October, with construction of the bridge itself starting in January 2015 – expected completion summer 2015.
Lincoln Central Transport Hub
The City of Lincoln Council has submitted a £20m bid to the Single Local Growth Fund to provide an integrated transport hub based around Lincoln Central Station. The main elements of the bid include a new bus station located within the current railway station boundaries, a new multi storey car park on Tentercroft Street (accessed by the new East - West link road with a new footbridge over the railway connecting the two facilities). Some remodelling of the road layout in the St Mary's Street area will also be required.
All of the above schemes represent a major investment in Lincoln's infrastructure and totals some £160m of largely public sector commitment towards expanding Lincoln and enabling it to achieve its ambitions and potential for economic growth. This level of investment must be recognised as a positive for the City and the county as a whole.
However, all work will be taking place in a compressed time scale, and will cause some disruption to the normal movements of traffic in and around the City.
It is intended to hold a workshop with key stakeholders such as bus operators, business groups such as Lincoln BIG and the Chamber of Commerce, the Universities, the Cathedral and Castle and others in early July.