Grantham Southern Relief Road
The Grantham Southern Relief Road (GSRR), promoted by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP (GLEP), Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and local businesses, will provide the opportunity to improve Grantham’s infrastructure, enable economic growth and improve journey times for traffic travelling east to west, north to south and vice versa.
Following the rapid growth of Grantham, the A1 bypass was completed in the 1970s. However, over recent years traffic congestion on the east to west routes has significantly increased.
The relief road, which will be built in three phases, will have a general wider benefit to improve the town centre environment and to provide for growth. It will also provide critical support to a SKDC proposal for a large property development together with employment land at the Southern Quadrant and King31 by joining the A52 at Somerby Hill to the A1. The road will cross the Witham Valley, the East Coast railway line and the River Witham by means of a viaduct/bridge to be constructed as part of the road.
The new road will attract a significant volume of traffic, including HGVs, resulting in a reduction in congestion in Grantham Town Centre.
The contractor for phase one of the project - the creation of a roundabout off the B1174 and a road along Tollmache Road leading to a second new roundabout, is Fitzgerald Civil Engineering. Work started in September 2015. A further two phases will be built following completion of phase one with the whole relief road operational by 2019. Contractors will be appointed for each phase.
Following an unsuccessful bid in 2001 for the Department for Transport (DfT) funds, alternative funding was sourced from county council’s capital funding, GLEP (the Transport Board and the Single Local Growth Fund) and from a local land owner through a Section 106 agreement (SQ development) and a legal agreement (King31 development).
A planning application was submitted in March 2013 and granted in November 2013. Details of the planning application can be viewed on the South Kesteven District Council website by using the code S13/0775
In August 2015 the Appeal Court rejected a legal challenge from a local developer who challenged the granting of planning permission for the Southern Quadrant Link Road, the larger element of the GSRR. This challenge had previously been rejected by the courts at several stages, including the Judicial Review itself.
Maps showing the route of the proposed relief road can be found in the downloads section.
(Maps/Drawings reproduced from the 1996 OS Mapping with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (c) Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to civil proceedings. OS LICENCE 100025370)