Secretary of State gives green light to £96m Lincoln bypass

The Secretary of State has granted the legal orders required for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass scheme to progress following a Public Inquiry, which took place in August, meaning that work can now go ahead on the much-needed bypass.

Lincoln Eastern bypass given green light
Lincoln Eastern bypass given green light

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive member for highways and transportation, said: "I am very pleased with the outcome of this inquiry. I am glad that the inspector saw that not only is the bypass a vital component in our plans to create a fit-for-purpose highways infrastructure for the needs of an expanding Lincoln, but that the changes at Hawthorn Road which have been of particular interest to those living in the villages of Cherry Willingham and Reepham have been mitigated by the provision of reasonably convenient alternative routes. Hopefully we can now progress with this long-awaited bypass without any further needless expense or delay."

During August's public inquiry Government-appointed inspector Stuart Nixon heard the cases for and against the revised Side Roads and Compulsory Purchase orders focusing on the proposed new location for the footbridge and a crossing, this being the reason the orders were not granted at a previous public inquiry in 2014.

The report states: "In light of his conclusions the inspector recommended that the side road orders and compulsory purchase orders be confirmed and that the application be approved. The inspector concluded that the modifications proposed by the council are justified. The Secretary of State has carefully considered the matters raised in the post inquiry correspondence and has taken them into account but they do not alter his decision to accept the inspector's conclusions and recommendations."

Molly McKenzie, ICE East Midlands Regional Director said, "Infrastructure is at the heart of society and it is great to see schemes such as the Lincoln Eastern bypass being given the green light. Civil Engineers are a vital component of the collaborative project teams delivering infrastructure projects. Schemes such as these are vital to ensure local economies remain vibrant and can grow for the benefit of all residents; it is pleasing to hear how initial concerns from local residents have been mitigated."

Now confirmation of the legal orders has been received, the council is able to seek tenders from contractors. Once a contractor is appointed the bypass is expected to take two years to complete and will cost around £96million. It is hoped that work will then be able to start on site later this year.