About the project
Grantham Southern Relief Road
The Grantham Southern Relief Road aims to improve the town's infrastructure and growth.
We will build the 3.5km relief road in three phases:
- Phase One - creation of a roundabout off the B1174.
- Phase Two - the B1174 will join the A1 trunk road.
- Phase Three - link the A52 at Somerby Hill to the new roundabout.
We lead the project, supported by South Kesteven District Council, Homes England and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. Further support comes from Highways England, the DfT, Network Rail and local businesses.
Aims and benefits
The project aims and benefits are to:
- reduce congestion, disruption, and delays
- create a safer, more attractive and accessible town centre
- provide opportunities for growth
- reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution
Cost and funding
The estimated cost is £133 million and will be funded as follows:
- £11.9m from the Local Transport Board
- £16.1m from the Single Local Growth Fund
- £5m from the Highways England Growth and Housing Fund
In addition to the £133 million, the bridge extension is expected to cost a further £15 million.
The balance of funding will come from developer contributions, which will be forward funded by us. We will also be funding part of the scheme.
- December 2007: Grantham awarded Growth Point status
- December 2007: Grantham Transport Strategy: 2007 to 2021 and Beyond published
- August 2010: Phase One and Two planning permission granted
- November 2013: Phase Three planning permission granted
- June 2014: The business case for the relief road is published
- September 2015: Fitzgerald Civil Engineering appointed and construction of Phase One begins
- August 2016: Phase One officially opens
- November 2016: Archaeologists arrive on-site as part of Phase Three
- March 2017: Phase Two hedge clearance preparatory works begin
- January 2018: Phase Two archaeological investigations begin
- January 2018: Executive approval for land acquisition, legal orders, and contracts
- January 2018: Scrutiny committee approval for land acquisition, legal orders, and contracts
- March 2018: Legal orders promoted
- June 2018: The statement of case is submitted to DfT
- January 2019: Public inquiry
- March 2019: Secretary of State approves orders and construction of Phases Two and Three
- October 2019: Construction of Phase Two begins
- February 2020: Phase Three preparatory works begin
- April 2021: Work on Phase Three begins
- July 2022: Section of soft, unstable ground identified at the Phase Three bridge construction site
- November 2022: Construction of new bridge beams underway
- December 2022: Phase Two construction complete
- TBC 2025*: Relief road fully built/project complete
*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependent on external factors.