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Lincoln High Street Improvement Scheme

The Lincoln High Street Public Realm Improvement Scheme is a project that will see the recently-pedestrianised area of Lincoln’s High Street, between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street, paved in natural stone with new seating and signage installed.

Lincoln High Street Improvement Scheme Update - June 2017

The scheme will give this section of Lincoln High Street a new lease of life, making the area more attractive to shoppers and giving local businesses a boost as part of the East-West Link project. The area’s new look would be much more in keeping with the city’s historic identity and would be a significant improvement on its current state.

There are also plans for a ‘gateway’ feature to be installed near the junction with Tentercroft Street, providing a welcoming focal point for the area. Themes being explored include linking the ‘gateway’ with the historic uphill quarter and the Magna Carta. This would be reliant on private-sector funding.

Once construction begins, the programme of works will be sequenced in such a way to minimise disruption to businesses, residents and pedestrians.

Aims and benefits

  • Creating new opportunities to help attract investment while fuelling growth and prosperity
  • Make the area more attractive to shoppers and give local businesses a boost
  • Strengthen the connection with the existing shopping area north of the level crossing, attracting greater footfall and encouraging more people to use local businesses
  • Create a more open and pleasant space, with the potential for activities such as street markets and outdoor cafes.
  • Seamlessly link this part of the city with the uphill area near the cathedral and castle

Cost and funding

The project will cost £800,000 to complete and will be delivered by Lincolnshire County Council using part of the £2.7m granted by Central Government (via Department for Communities and Local Government) as Growth Point Pump Priming funds to “help unlock growth in Lincoln”.

Planning permission and public consultation

The improvement scheme falls under permitted development, so a planning application was not needed for the project.

A consultation took place in spring 2015, which put forward a selection of design options.


Spr 2015Design consultation takes place
Nov 2016Lincoln East-West Link Road opens
Nov 2016High Street, between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street, becomes a designated pedestrianised area
Feb 2017Proposal publically unveiled
Feb 2017Project funding agreed
Jun 2017North Midland Construction appointed to carry out project works
Aug 2017Construction begins
Jan 2018Project complete

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


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News: Lincoln High Street

Computer design of proposed pedestrian high street

Lincoln High Street improvement works extended into the New Year

20 December 2017 | Updated: 9 January 2018

Low temperatures have led to North Midland Construction putting the remaining works on hold until January.

Computer design of proposed pedestrian high street

Lincoln High Street improvements near completion

29 November 2017

Site to be cleared in time for the Lincoln Christmas Market although minor paving works may follow.

Computer design of proposed pedestrian high street

Lincoln High Street Improvements update: Installation of natural stone paving and new seating Video

28 September 2017 | Updated: 29 September 2017

Construction work is well underway for the project, and the site team is making steady progress towards a November completion for the scheme.

Cllr Colin Davie

Clearing the way for a rejuvenated High Street in Lincoln Video

10 August 2017 | Updated: 11 August 2017

Cllr Colin Davie, Lincoln BIG and North Midland Construction joined together to officially start clearing the site as part of the public realm improvement scheme, which is aimed at enhancing  the recently pedestrianised section of High Street.

Computer design of proposed pedestrian high street

Lincoln High Street rejuvenation project to start on Monday 7 August

31 July 2017 | Updated: 10 August 2017

Works to carry out the public realm improvement scheme, taking place between Tentercroft Street and the level crossing on Lincoln’s High Street, are due to start on Monday 7 August.

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