LINCOLN HIGHWAYS UPDATE February 2015

Whisby Road Scheme

The Whisby Road Improvement scheme was completed last October with the adjacent work on to build a new cycleway/footway on Station Road completed just before Christmas - 8 weeks early.

Accessibility for all modes of transport has been transformed in this area and is now very much in keeping with the facilities at Teal Park and other business parks in the area. We have now created a fantastic opportunity for economic growth in this area combined with a first rate transport infrastructure.

 

Lincoln E/W Link

The new road will bring significant benefits to the area by removing the need for traffic to cross the notorious High Street level crossing, which can cause long delays. It will also facilitate the regeneration of Tentercroft Street and the former coal yard.

Work started at the beginning of last November on the new £22M, EastWest Link road (Phase 1) in the centre of Lincoln - built by Balfour Beatty Construction.

A number of properties are being demolished (to accommodate the new road) – perhaps, most significantly, the former Gadsby’s premises on the south side of Tentercroft Street adjoining the High Street, which is within a conservation area covering this part of the City. In accordance with the requirements of English Heritage, this building is being taken down brick by brick and, as much as possible, the existing materials re-used in the construction of the replacement building

Progress to date has been good, and the transformation along Tentercroft Street and in the former coal yard is evident for all to see.

 

Canwick Road South Park to Hall Drive (Local Pinchpoint Fund)

Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd commenced work on 8 December 2014 – main construction works began in January, and they are on target for completion in May 2015.

This scheme is creating extra capacity through the congested junctions of Canwick Road/South Park Avenue and Canwick Road/ Washingborough Road. It is also providing better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists by improving the combined footway and cycleway on Canwick Hill. A toucan crossing is being provided across the junction at Canwick Road and Washingborough Road and an underpass created at South Park Avenue junction utilising the former railway line.

Work is progressing well, and remains on target for completion by the end of May. Inevitably, the works have caused some delays to traffic, particularly in the first few weeks of January when the major construction work began. The traffic management arrangements are kept under constant review and progressive tweaks in subsequent weeks have reduced delays to what we consider are acceptable. As the work progresses we hope to be able to make more revisions that will reduce delays even further.

It is apparent that road users have heeded our advice to seek alternative routes or use other modes of transport. As you may be aware, Radio Lincolnshire recently ran air time on the breakfast show about the significant increase in rail passengers from Metheringham.

 

Brayford Wharf East Footbridge

Progress continues on a revised layout for the proposed bridge, which is now very similar to the original design submitted for planning last year, and network rail are finalising their detailed design prior to tendering the work. Financial approvals are still to be confirmed but Network Rail advise that work is currently scheduled to start summer/autumn this year.

 

High Street Footbridge

Network Rail has confirmed that work on the Lincoln High Street Footbridge affecting road users will commence 9 March.

Over the past two months, Network Rail's preparations for the construction of the new footbridge have been undertaken largely un-noticed as the work has been confined to internal preparations for the partial demolition of the former Sleep Shop and associated service disconnections.

The main construction phases are about to get underway and this will mean that long term changes to the road layout in the vicinity will be required in order to carry out the work. The changes have been designed to reduce the number of turning movements at some junctions, simplifying the phases of traffic signal operations and prioritising movements at others by increasing the amount of 'green time' to compensate for the predicted traffic flows.

In order for the part demolition of 179 High Street (formerly the Sleep Shop), and to construct the new footbridge over the railway, it will be necessary to fence off the footpath on the west side of High Street. For safety reasons, due to the extremely high level of pedestrian use in this area, it will be necessary to close High Street northbound, between St Mark Street and Wigford Way for the duration of the works.

Traffic will be diverted along St Mark Street onto Brayford Wharf East and back onto Wigford Way. Traffic wishing to travel southbound onto High Street will turn left from St Mary’s Street, and traffic from Wigford Way will be diverted around the island car park (formerly the Grand Hotel) to also turn left into High Street - by preventing right turns into High Street and stopping the northbound flow, the movements at the junction are simplified and the number of 'signal phases' reduced, significantly minimising the time between green lights.

To enable Lincolnshire County Council to carry out changes to traffic signals and junction layouts for these diversions, it will be necessary to close High Street to all traffic from approximately 8pm on Saturday 7 March to 6am on Monday 9 March. The servicing of, and deliveries arrangements to, business premises will be maintained throughout the works.

With good progress being made on the EastWest Link road, and the start of construction on the new footbridge, the planned transformation of this area of Lincoln is becoming a reality. The layout of streets and how we use them are changing and will ultimately bring significant benefits to the area and to the city as a whole.

 

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Following the decision in July 2014 of the Secretary of State to not confirm the Orders for the scheme, Orders were republished in October 2014.

At the previous Public Inquiry held in February 2014, the independent Inspector found that the Council had satisfactorily answered all of the objections, with the exception of concerns regarding the proximity to the bypass of the NMU crossing of Hawthorn Road. The recently approved planning permission to relocate the NMU bridge to the south of the current line of Hawthorn Road has removed this concern for the majority of users. Although a larger volume of objections have been received for the current Orders, they generally cover the same issues regarding the closure of Hawthorn Road that were previously raised.

Following these objections, the Department for Transport has indicated that a Public Inquiry will be required. A number of suitable venues have been investigated and the Council are awaiting a response from the Department on the actual date of the Inquiry.

The scheme is being progressed as a single carriageway under the current funding arrangements.

It is hoped that, subject to a successful outcome on the Orders, construction could start in summer 2016.

 

Major Infrastructure Schemes - Communications Strategy

Comprehensive information and weekly updates on the progress of the schemes in construction is available on line at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworkslincoln

There is a weekly newsletter available, and any alerts or bulletins that we may issue in response to changes or problems, and you can follow us on various social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Lincoln Business Club kick starts 2015 with two charity donations

Lincoln Business Club - charity cheque presentations

Lincoln Business Club is continuing their decade long run of charity donations with the first of two cheques for 2015 being presented to Framework Housing Association.

Donations totalling £600 were presented to a David Spivey from Framework and Debbie Wheeler from Give a Kid a Dream – The Lauren Wheeler Trust by club Chairman Julie Taylor during the monthly networking meeting at Lincoln City Football Club on Sincil Bank on 30th January.

The local organisations were voted for by Lincoln Business Club members at the November meeting to receive the cheques.

Framework is a registered charity and housing association that exists to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Lincoln Business Club for their donation,” said Framework Housing Association representative David Spivey, who received the first £300 cheque on behalf of the charity.

“Donations like this allow us to continue to support people in working towards a future of hope, stability and independence”.

Give a Kid a Dream helps children with disabilities and from low income families to access a wide variety of performing arts, from going to the Panto at Christmas to providing scholarships to Ballet Schools and Drama Schools. “This donation will make such a difference and provide a welcome outing for many of our families in 2015.” Said Debbie from Give a Kid a Dream.

Debbie added: “Without the generosity of organisations like the Lincoln Business Club we wouldn’t be able to reach out to so many children and families that are unable to access performing arts”.

Lincoln Business Club is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation that provides networking opportunities for the city’s business community and currently has over 600 members.

The club has been running since 2003 and was founded by local business people who decided that Lincoln needed an inexpensive and relaxed forum for local business people to meet. The majority of members’ entrance and sponsorships fees are donated to local good causes.

Club Chairman Julie Taylor said: “It’s very important that the club and its members are able to give our support to local charities. We plan to keep giving back to the community throughout 2015 by raising and donating more funds to other local worthy causes”.

Lincoln Business Club meets at Lincoln City Football Club on the last Friday of every month at 7am. The next meeting is Friday 27th February and costs £3 which includes free tea and coffee.

Latest Canwick Road update for 2nd February – 16th February 2015

Latest update from Lincoln County Council - click here to read it on their website.

What’s been happening with the Canwick Road Scheme?

  • Initial road widening works have been completed on Canwick Road opposite the cemetery.
  • Gas diversion works have been completed at Washingborough Road junction and the base layer of tarmac was also laid .
  • Drainage works started on Canwick Road between the nursing home retaining wall and Washingborough Road.
  • Drainage works have continued on South Park Avenue.
  • Drainage works are almost completed in the South Common.
  • Drainage pipes have been installed and the concrete footway has been poured in the new subway.
  • Street lighting columns have been erected at various locations.
  • British Telecom has continued to lay new service ducts and install cables. They have also installed a BT pole and diverted overhead cables.
  • Virgin media have installed new fibre optic cables across the site and into Canwick village.

What’s planned next week for the Canwick Road Scheme?

  • Drainage works will start on the junction of Washingborough Road
  • The gas company will be installing the new mains at Washingborough Road junction.
  • Drainage works will continue on Canwick Road between the nursing home and Washingborough Road.
  • Works will start on clearance works and new service ducts on the north-west corner of South Park Avenue junction.
  • Drainage works will continue on South Park Avenue.
  • Preparation works for construction the headwall foundation and either side of the subway.
  • British Telecom will continue to lay new service ducts and install cables across the site.

Traffic Management Arrangement for the Canwick Road Scheme

No change to the Traffic Management Layouts this week.

The timings on the Washingborough Road junction temporary traffic lights have been amended in the evening peak hours to try and improve the flow of vehicles leaving the city.

Out of Normal Hours Arrangements for the Canwick Road Scheme

There will be no out of hours activity during the next week