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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 line embankment closure works
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

New bridge deck for the Lincoln to Spalding rail line in the fabrication yard where it was built

Your Lincoln Eastern Bypass Update – July/Aug 2017

31 July 2017

With primary construction works now underway and rail underbridge and archaeological works continuing, the on-site team is making steady progress towards the winter 2019 completion of the bypass.

LEB site plan

Local SMEs encouraged to play a role in one of Lincoln's biggest highways projects ever

3 July 2017 | Updated: 6 July 2017

UK firm, Carillion, will host a Lincoln Eastern Bypass ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for local companies on Wednesday 12 July.

Lincoln eastern bypass artist impression

Lincoln Eastern Bypass apprenticeships now available

28 June 2017 | Updated: 29 June 2017

Young people are being offered the opportunity of a lifetime to start their career working on one of Lincoln’s biggest road projects in decades

LEB Archaeology

Lincoln Eastern Bypass open weekend and archaeological site tours a huge success Video

13 June 2017

Over 1,500 people attended the two-day event at Canwick Village Hall on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.

LEB Archaeology

Additional Washingborough Road site tour tickets made available for booking ahead of bypass information event

19 May 2017 | Updated: 26 May 2017

Due to popular demand, Lincolnshire County Council has added 320 extra tour slots for people to book ahead of its Lincoln Eastern Bypass open weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June at Canwick Village Hall.

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Last updated: 2 August 2017

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