Lincolnshire Sets Course for Major Road Network Revamp with £360 Million Investment Plan by 2028
Lincolnshire is poised for a significant transformation with an investment of £360 million in road improvements over the next five years, as announced by the county council. This extensive funding will be channeled into both new constructions and enhancements to existing roads up to 2028.
A substantial part of this budget is allocated for a five-mile relief road in North Hykeham, estimated to cost between £180m and £208m. Submitted in October, the plans for this three-year project are set to kick off in 2025. Councillor Richard Davies, the executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, expressed enthusiasm about the initiative, stating, “it’s all systems go.”
This relief road will not only include a new stretch of dual carriageway but also entail the construction of three new roundabouts and four bridges, one of which will span the River Witham. Cllr Davies highlighted the project’s benefits, asserting that it will “improve journey times, better connect the A46.”
In the eastern part of the county, a £1.2 million project is currently underway in Skegness to revamp coastal roads, including North Parade, Grand Parade, and Drummond Road. Efforts are being made to replace gullies along Lumley Avenue for enhanced drainage and resurface a section of Roman Bank.
The southern region is seeing developments too, with the nearing completion of the Marsh Lane Roundabout widening, as part of the A16’s ‘levelling up’ between Boston and Spalding. Further improvements are being made to the A16 and A151 roundabout, and plans are in place for the A16/B110 Greencell Roundabout near Spalding to undergo replacement starting in summer 2024.
Cllr Davies also noted the broader impact of these projects, saying, “Not only do all of the Levelling Up changes offer immediate benefits, like improved journey times and less traffic, but they will also help future-proof the A16.” In Grantham, work is in progress on the final section of the relief road bridge over the Witham Valley, River Witham, and east coast railway. This new road, opened in late 2022 and connecting the A1 to the B1174, is expected to be complete by 2025.