Lincolnshire

Planners approve eastern bypass for Lincoln

Planning permission has been granted for a long-awaited bypass for the eastern side of Lincoln.

Planners have approved the £130m project, but the start date has not yet been announced.

The road would link up to the existing western bypass, ease congestion in the city centre and open land for development, the county council said.

Councillor William Webb said the next step was obtaining funding from the central government.

Economic regeneration

"This is the first step in providing Lincoln with a bypass on the eastern side of the city which it has been looking forward to since 1964," Mr Webb said.

"The economic situation is very concerning at the moment… and just because the planning application has gone through does not mean that work is going to start immediately."

He said the funding depended on negotiations between the county and the government and the lion's share of the money must come from central government.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said transport infrastructure needed to be in place for economic regeneration to happen.

The route of the proposed bypass is from the A158 Wragby Road in the north, crossing the River Witham on a new bridge, to the A15, east of Bracebridge Heath.

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