A15 Lincoln Eastern Bypass

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

Timescale
2017-2018
Status
Preparation of legal orders and public inquiry
Type
Bypass or realignment for use by all traffic
Cost
£ 96m
Authority
Lincolnshire County Council
Region: East Midlands
Finance
LCC/Central Government
Length
8 km
5 miles

Construction of a new single two-lane road with roundabout junctions from the A15 Sleaford Road south of Bracebridge Heath, across the River Witham on a new bridge, to the Wragby Road roundabout at the end of the existing northern bypass.

The new road will allow through traffic on the north-south A15 route to avoid passing through the centre of Lincoln, a route that presently involves congested urban roads and a steep hill.

The bypass was originally proposed as a dual two-lane road, but was drastically reduced in scale to gain central government funding.

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Progress

14 February 2005 Planning application submitted.
14 March 2006 The East Midlands Regional Assembly postpones the scheme for at least ten years because of a lack of funding.
16 April 2010 The bypass has been granted approval on a new line, and a new completion date has been set for 2016.
14 June 2010 According to a government announcement on 10 June 2010, work has been put on hold pending a financial review in the autumn.
30 October 2010 Following the autumn spending review, this scheme has been allocated to the DfT's pre-qualification group. It will therefore undergo further scrutiny before a final decision is made on whether or not to proceed.
5 February 2011 According to a statement by the Transport Secretary yesterday, this scheme has been moved into the development pool. It will therefore be considered for funding, along with other schemes, in a competitive process. A final decision is due by the end of 2011.
30 November 2011
8 October 2014 Lincolnshire County Council have announced that they have now redesigned a footbridge which had caused the original proposal to be turned down. The scheme may now be reconsidered by the Department for Transport.
20 December 2014 Another public inquiry is now scheduled for Spring 2015.
18 February 2016 The planning inspector has approved the scheme, with some small modifications to the Side Road and Compulsory Purchase Orders.
12 November 2016 Carillion have been announced as the preferred bidder in the last month.

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More information

Official website
Lincolnshire County Council: Lincoln Eastern Bypass
News story
Lincolnshire Echo: £50m put aside in last-ditch attempt to secure Lincoln's eastern bypass

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With thanks to Peter Brookes and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 12 November 2016.