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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.

3D fly-thorough

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 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 2017Network 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 *Access to and from Cherry Willingham via Hawthorn Road ends
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 *Lincoln to Market Rasen railway bridge complete
Aug 2019 *River Witham Viaduct complete
Sep 2019 *Washingborough Road Roundabout complete
Oct 2019 *Bypass available 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 all Lincolnshire Eastern Bypass videos published to date.

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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

Eloise Hesnan, Alex Luff, Nicholas Scott and Lewis Mount

Next generation of civil engineers continue work on bypass project with new contractor

7 March 2018

Galliford Try has taken on Carillion’s Lincoln Eastern Bypass apprentices and a career development programme will now be provided.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass LEB

Lincoln Eastern Bypass update – Market Rasen rail line works in Greetwell

6 March 2018 | Updated: 8 March 2018

Work continues on the bypass as contractors Galliford Try and BAM Nuttall carry out essential works on two of the new road’s essential rail bridges.

Road Closed

Washingborough Road closure planned for February half term

6 February 2018 | Updated: 12 February 2018

The closures will allow BAM Nuttall to carry out necessary ducting work to allow for the underground diversion of overhead power lines – all part of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass project.


Lincoln Eastern Bypass update – Washingborough rail bridge works nearly complete

2 February 2018 | Updated: 12 February 2018

Work on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is back on track and well underway, as archaeological investigations, rail bridge construction and initial ground work to build the road itself continues.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Lincoln Eastern Bypass construction works to restart under new contractor Video

22 January 2018 | Updated: 23 January 2018

The county council has officially ended its contract with Carillion and is pleased that Galliford Try is on-site today making the necessary arrangements for carrying on work as soon as possible.

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Last updated: 22 January 2018

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