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Lincoln Eastern Bypass

The A15 Lincoln Eastern Bypass is a 7.5km road designed to improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.

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Works started on-site on 6 December 2016 when Network Rail began construction of a new railway bridge adjacent to Washingborough Road, which will allow the new road to run under the railway. See the project timeline for a full list of past and future milestones.

When complete, the bypass will start at a new roundabout on the A15 Sleaford Road and finish at the A158 Wragby Road, connecting with the existing northern relief road and becoming the next step towards creating a complete ring road around the city.

The bypass is being built by UK firm Carillion Construction and will see new roundabouts built at Greetwell Road, Washingborough Road, Lincoln Road, Branston and the A15 Sleaford Road.

The project is backed by Lincolnshire County Council, the Department for Transport, and the three district authorities (City of Lincoln Council, West Lindsey and North Kesteven District Councils).

Aims and benefits

  • Support Lincoln’s growth, in terms of economy and development
  • Reduce congestion in and around Lincoln, including a predicted  25% reduction on Broadgate
  • Enhance the inter-city environment
  • Open up land for new housing
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Improve air and noise quality
  • Form the penultimate step towards creating a complete ring road around the city of Lincoln
  • Incorporate a future-proofed design, where possible, so that dualling of the bypass can be considered in the future   

Cost and funding

The bypass will cost in the region of £99 million with £50m of central government funding, £15m from LCC and £34m from third party developers.

The third party developer’s costs will be forward-funded by the county council as they will take several years to recover, depending on the speed that houses are built.

Planning permission and public consultation

As a result of receiving £50m provisional funding from Central Government in 2011, a planning application for a single carriageway bypass was granted on 10 June 2013, with an update in October 2014.

A public inquiry took place from 11-21 August 2015 to again consider the cases for and against the legal orders. On 16 February 2016, the council was granted the Compulsory Purchase Orders and Side Road Orders by the Secretary of State for Transport.


Dec 2012Planning permission submitted
Jun 2013Planning permission granted
Aug 2015Public inquiry takes place
Feb 2016Legal Orders granted by Secretary of State
May 2016Contractors arrive on-site to build 130m track for access
Sep 2016Archaeologists arrive on-site
Nov 2016Funding confirmed by Department for Transport
Dec 2016Network Rail begins work to build a railway bridge over the line of the new bypass
Jun 2017Main construction works begin
Jul 2017Work on Market Rasen line rail bridge begins
Oct 2017 *Network Rail Lincoln to Spalding Railway underbridge slid into place during 72-hour rail closure
Apr 2018 *Washingborough railway bridge complete
Oct 2018 *Lincoln Road underpass complete
Nov 2018 *Bloxholm Lane footbridge complete
Jan 2019 *Greetwell Road Roundabout complete
Feb 2019 *Hawthorne Road NMU bridge complete
Mar 2019 *Greetwell Road footbridge complete
Mar 2019 *Heighington Road bridge complete
Apr 2019 *Lincoln Road Roundabout complete
Jul 2019 *Sleaford Road Roundabout complete
Aug 2019 *Market Rasen railway bridge complete
Aug 2019 *River Witham Viaduct complete
Sep 2019 *Washingborough Road Roundabout complete
Oct 2019 *Bypass opens to traffic
Win 2019 *Project officially complete

*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependant on external factors.


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Roadworks map

Roadworks being carried out by all local authorities and utility companies.


View photographs of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass as it is constructed.

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Find out about the archaeological investigations and findings so far.

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News: Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Carillion Apprentices

Local apprentices selected to work on Lincoln Eastern Bypass

18 October 2017

Carillion has taken on five young people who will be taking their first steps towards a career in engineering by becoming apprentice Civil Engineering Technicians.


Minor path diversions along River Witham to allow construction of bypass viaduct

16 October 2017 | Updated: 16 October 2017

The path, part of a national cycle route; will remain open as usual with minor diversions in place around the works.

Bridge beams

Lincoln Eastern Bypass update – Rail bridge works, utility diversions and archaeological investigations

5 October 2017 | Updated: 13 October 2017

The Lincoln to Spalding rail bridge is nearly ready to slide into place, meanwhile works near Wragby Rd roundabout progress.

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University students leave their mark on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass Video

25 September 2017 | Updated: 2 October 2017

Two Lincoln students have gained real-world engineering experience by working on one of the city’s biggest road projects.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass rail bridge beams

Two 40-metre long beams arrive in Lincoln for Eastern Bypass rail bridge Video

12 September 2017 | Updated: 26 September 2017

Two 107-tonne steel bridge beams to be used for rail lines over the Lincoln Eastern Bypass have arrived in the city.

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Last updated: 12 October 2017

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