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Archaeological investigations for phase two of Grantham Southern Relief Road underway

26 January 2018

2018 in Grantham has kicked off with on-site archaeological works near the A1 starting, signifying the continuation of preliminary works part of the £81m project’s second phase.

Archaeological investigation

Archaeological works

Allen Archaeology, the firm tasked with undertaking the nine-week investigation, started work earlier this month and are expected to complete their works on-site by the end March.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“Building a major new road like the relief road involves a lot of preliminary work before tarmac can be laid. A major aspect of these works is carrying out a thorough archaeological investigation to protect the heritage of the area before we start building.

“Whenever you’re building a big piece of infrastructure, like Grantham Southern Relief Road, it’s incredibly important that work is carried out to gain a better understanding of the heritage and history that can be found just below your feet. From this, future generations then have the chance to learn and understand what was happening on-site thousands of years ago.”

Phase one of the relief road was completed in August 2016 and saw the creation of a roundabout off the B1174 and a road along Tollmache Road that leads to a second new roundabout.

Initial archaeological investigations have already been completed for phase three, and, at the beginning of January, the county council’s executive gave officers the green light to pursue the necessary legal orders and land acquisitions for the project.

When complete, the relief road will link the A52 at Somerby Hill to the A1, attracting a significant volume of traffic, including HGVs, and resulting in a reduction in congestion in Grantham town centre.

Cllr Davies added:

“Creating a more efficient road network is a top priority for the council, and the Grantham Southern Relief Road is just one of many ambitious projects in development across Lincolnshire, including Lincoln, Boston, Spalding and Skegness.

“Over the coming years, we hope to continue attracting funding from government and the private sector so we can successfully deliver these schemes and continue improving highways and infrastructure throughout the county.”

The project is being led by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Homes and Communities Agency and local businesses.

For the latest news on the Grantham Southern Relief Road, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.  

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