New Chair to lead local Business Club

A leading City business group has voted in a new leader, marking a fresh chapter for the Club.

There was competition for the role and voting came down to two people, with Nicola Ellwood winning the position.

Not-for-profit Lincoln Business Club has been chaired by Zoe King for three years, during which time membership has grown, stronger ties have been made between other business organisations, and charity donations have increased.

“This was an exciting opportunity for the club which was very much welcomed” said Zoe, “a fresh approach from a new chair is exciting and marks a new era for the club. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved during my time at the helm”.

Lincoln Business Club was established in 2004, and all past chairs were invited to the special event.

New Chair Nicola said “I’m really pleased to be part of a group that brings local businesses together to network and donate to local charities. It’s been a pillar of the Lincoln business community for 15 years and I’m excited to continue its hard work”.

Lincoln Business Club meets at Lincoln City Football Club on the last Friday of the month, 7am – 8.45am.

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10 things you need to know about LNER, which replaces East Coast rail

The government announced that it will terminate the franchise agreement with Stagecoach and Virgin for the East Coast Main Line later this year and will take it back into public ownership, but a new business will run it — the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

Here are 10 things you should know about the Virgin Trains East Coast’s franchise, which will be terminated on June 24:

  1. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will take over services immediately on the day for at least two years
  2. Trains will gradually transform to display LNER branding
  3. Tickets, timetables and train services will all stay the same even though a different operator will be in charge
  4. During the transition period you will still need to use Virgin Trains East Coast’s customer and ticket booking services
  5. All tickets bought are still valid for the dates shown on the ticket (including all season tickets and all pre-booked tickets)
  6. All tickets bought for future travel will still be valid for the dates shown on the ticket
  7. You can still buy and book tickets for future travel in the same way you do now, via the Virgin Trains East Coast website
  8. Trains will continue to run as normal and no disruption is expected as a result of the change in operator
  9. The timetable and train times scheduled are expected to remain the same under LNER
  10. People who are directly employed by Virgin Trains East Coast will transfer over to LNER

Lincoln Business Club kicks off 2017 with a charity donation

Lincoln Business Club charity cheque presentation to St Barnabas Hospice. From left, Rebecca Brittain, Mark Jarvis, Lincoln Business Club chair Zoe Easey, Karen Wright, Caroline Swindin from St Barnabas Hospice and David Cotten. Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography Date: January 27, 2017

Lincoln Business Club charity cheque presentation to St Barnabas Hospice

Lincoln Business Club is continuing its long run of charity donations with the first cheque for 2016 being presented to St Barnabas Hospice. Local Charities are put forward by the members and a shortlist was voted on by Lincoln Business Club members at the November meeting. The donation of £250 was presented to Caroline Swindin from St Barnabas Hospice by club Chairman Zoe Easey during the monthly networking meeting at Lincoln City Football Club on Sincil Bank on 27th January.

St Barnabas is a local charity providing support to adults living with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Caroline Swindin said “We are incredibly grateful for every donation we receive. As a charity we need to raise £5.5million per year to continue the services we provide, and every donation really does help”.

Lincoln Business Club is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation that provides networking opportunities for the city’s business community and currently has over 800 members.

The club has been running since 2004 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 Zoe said: “It’s very important that the club and its members are able to give our support to local charities, afterall they are part of our business community too”.

Lincoln Business Club meets at Lincoln City Football Club on the last Friday of every month at 7am. The next meeting is Friday 24th February and costs £4 which includes free tea and coffee.

Extra £5.4m for road improvements in Lincolnshire – with more expected

The county council now has £35.4m to spend on local road improvements in 2017/18 - and there could be more on the way.

The authority has been allocated an additional £5.4m by the Department of Transport (DfT) from its National Productivity Investment Fund, which can be used to reduce congestion at key locations, upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets, to improve access to employment and housing, and to develop economic and job creation opportunities.

This follows the news last autumn that the authority was to receive £27.6m for general maintenance in 2017/18, with an additional £2.5m to tackle an estimated 46,800 potholes.

That has taken Lincolnshire’s total allocation for next year to £35.4m. However, the authority is also expecting to receive a share of DfT’s Local Highways Maintenance Incentive/Efficiency Element Funding and will soon be able to bid for a slice of the £175m Safer Roads Fund to make improvements on specific sections of the A1084 and A631.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We know that good roads are a top priority for residents, which is why we not only invest heavily ourselves, but also lobby government for additional funding.

“We’d been expecting to come out of this with around £32m in funding for the year, so to have already hit £35m with more likely to be on the way is a great result.

“We’ll be sure to make every penny count and keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“And that’s not just good news for motorists - it should also help boost the local economy, which is good news for everyone.”

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Highways Update – August 2015

Highways Update – August 2015

Lincoln E/W Link

Piling is currently underway adjacent to Sincil Dyke in preparation for creating of the new Tentercroft Street Bridge. Road widening works continue on Tentercroft Street, and work is progressing in the former coal yard area. Archaeological work is finished on the site of the former Gadsby’s building on High Street ready for the construction of a new junction, and the rebuilding of the commercial properties.

Piling continues beneath Pelham Bridge ready for construction of the next section of the road. Elsewhere, utility diversions and footpath works in Tentercroft Street and Kesteven Street are underway.

Tentercroft Street is closed at the bridge over Sincil Dyke. Access to the Central Lincoln Industrial Estate is via Kesteven Street and Canwick Road (next to Newton & Bailey). A diversion route will be signed. Three way temporary traffic lights will be in operation at the Kesteven Street/Clifton Street junction.

A westbound is in place on Portland Street until the end of September. The left hand turn from Canwick Road onto Portland Street will be blocked. Vehicles will still be able to head east on Portland Street and onto Pelham Bridge. A diversion route is signed.

A revision of works has resulted in the hope of having the road completed by early summer 2016 – several months ahead of schedule. Completion of the new buildings is still on schedule for autumn 2016.


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

Early assessment of the scheme shows a significant reduction in journey times and queue lengths. Further traffic surveys will be undertaken at the end of September for accurate comparison with statistics as at last September, prior to commencement of works.


Brayford Wharf East Footbridge

Unfortunately, due to Government financial restrictions, Network Rail's plans for the Brayford Wharf Footbridge have been put on hold whilst a more cost effective solution can be found. Positive talks with Network Rail, Lincoln City Council and other key stakeholders have taken place, and revised proposals will be submitted for planning later this year. Network Rail remain committed to the scheme and, subject to planning approval, it is hoped that construction could start in the second half of 2016.


High Street Footbridge

Network Rail continues with the construction of the footbridge on High Street. However, with a proposal for full demolition of the former Sleep Shop building (179 High Street), there will now be a delay in completion – now scheduled for late spring 2016.


Lincoln Eastern Bypass

The second Public Inquiry into the Orders for the Bypass, concluded on 22 August.

The Inspectors report and recommendations are now awaited, but we hope to receive notification of the outcome before the end of this year. We are hopeful of a positive decision in order that construction of this much needed road can begin next year.


Comprehensive information and weekly updates on the progress of the schemes in construction is available on line at