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.
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 & 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 2012||Planning permission submitted|
|Jun 2013||Planning permission granted|
|Aug 2015||Public inquiry takes place|
|Feb 2016||Legal Orders granted by Secretary of State|
|May 2016||Diggers arrive on-site to build 130m track for access|
|Sep 2016||Archaeologists arrive on-site|
|Nov 2016||Funding confirmed by Department for Transport|
|Dec 2016||Network Rail begins work to build a railway bridge under the Lincoln to Spalding Railway line embankment|
|Jun 2017 *||Main construction works begin|
|Oct 2017 *||Network Rail Lincoln to Spalding Railway line embankment closure works|
|Apr 2018 *||Washingborough railway bridge complete|
|Oct 2019 *||Bypass officially opens|
*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependant on external factors.