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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.

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 2017 *Main construction works begin
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 officially opens

*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.

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News: Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeology

Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeology now on display at The Collection

11 May 2017 | Updated: 11 May 2017

People from near and far can see an eclectic range of remains and relics until the end of August.

Lincoln eastern bypass artist impression

Greetwell Road works scheduled as part of Lincoln Eastern Bypass preparatory works

7 March 2017 | Updated: 10 March 2017

Improvements include increasing westbound capacity and improving safety and drainage at Greetwell Hollow, with works due to start on Monday 20 March.

LEB Archaeology

Bypass archaeology works shine a light on 12,000 years of local history Video

23 February 2017 | Updated: 10 April 2017

Preliminary works for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass have provided a fascinating glimpse into past communities, settlements and landscapes.

Kennel Lane, Reepham

Improvements in store for Kennel Lane ahead of Lincoln Eastern Bypass

17 February 2017 | Updated: 22 February 2017

A new 80m long carriageway lane providing a dedicated left turn onto the A158 will be installed on Kennel Lane in Reepham, with works due to start on Monday 27 February.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Government funding has been secured for Lincoln Eastern Bypass

28 November 2016

The government has given final sign-off on £50m of funding for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

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