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Lincoln High Street improvement works extended into the New Year

20 December 2017

Low temperatures have led to North Midland Construction putting the remaining works on hold until January.

Computer design of proposed pedestrian high street

Proposed pedestrianised high street

The contractor will continue carrying out night-time works until Friday 22 December, subject to suitable weather, but will return to site to complete the project in January.

Geoff Poyzer, Managing Director for North Midland Construction (Highway Division), said: “Unfortunately, overnight freezing temperatures have affected our ability to lay the remaining paving and have caused a delay to the completion of the project before Christmas. As a result, we will be returning to site in early January to finish the remaining works.

“I’d like to thank the local retailers for their continued patience throughout these works.”

Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, said:

“Our expectation was always to have this project complete by the Christmas Market, and then Christmas, but, unfortunately, neither has happened.

“As a result, the contractor has now confirmed that they will be returning to site full-time in January to finish the project. Although we recognise that this is essential to getting the works finished off, we are very disappointed, as it means further disruption to businesses, residents and pedestrians in the New Year.

“We apologise for this further inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work towards getting this project completed.

“When complete, these improvements will strengthen the connection between the area of Lincoln’s High Street with the existing shopping area north of the crossing, as well as the uphill area around the cathedral and castle. This will not only attract greater footfall and encourage more people to use local businesses, but it will also create a more open and pleasant space.”

The £800,000 improvement scheme is being delivered by Lincolnshire County Council, using part of the £2.7m granted by Central Government (via Department for Communities and Local Government) as Growth Point Pump Priming funds to “help unlock growth in Lincoln.

For the latest news on the Lincoln High Street project, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.

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