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North Hykeham Relief Road

Subject to funding, the North Hykeham Relief Road (formerly the Lincoln Southern Bypass) would form part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Highway and link the completed Lincoln Eastern Bypass (at the A15 Sleaford Road) with the existing Western Bypass (at its junction with Newark Road), creating a complete ring road around Lincoln.

Lincoln is one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities. Between 1991 and 2001, Lincolnshire’s population grew by 9.9 percent - almost four times the nation's average. A dynamic regional hub that is central to local and national transport connection, the Greater Lincoln area is rapidly establishing itself as a vibrant place to live and work.

As the city grows, it generates more traffic, increasing the pressures on the existing transport network. The County Council sees the North Hykeham Relief Road as part of the solution to the city’s transportation problems.

Funding for preparation of an outline business case, which will help the project team secure funding to build the relief road, was secured in July 2017. The first two phases of this process, which are an Option Assessment and public\stakeholder engagement, will be completed by March 2018. The remainder of the report is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

Aims and Benefits

To assist the sustainable economic growth of Lincoln and Lincolnshire by:

  • Improvements to the strategic road network
  • Improving direct links to the Primary/Trans-European Road Network

To improve the quality of life in central Lincoln and in the settlements within the study area by:

  • Reducing through-traffic
  • Relieving traffic congestion
  • Reducing traffic generation noise and air pollution

To maximise accessibility to central Lincoln by:

  • Giving drivers more choice of routes to access or bypass Lincoln
  • Providing an additional river crossing
  • Reducing journey times for through-traffic travelling between areas to the east and west of the city

To improve road safety in central Lincoln and the settlements within the study area by:

  • Providing an alternative, more direct route between areas to the east and west of the city, avoiding the city centre
  • Improving links between primary route corridors and increasing the range of entry points to the city
  • Reducing conflicts between heavy good vehicles, other road users, pedestrians and property

Cost and Funding

The scheme remains a long term aspiration of the County Council subject to funding availability.

Planning permission and public consultation

The North Hykeham Relief Road has been the subject of two Public Consultations to seek the public’s views on the selection of a Preferred Route. Following an initial route assessment study, Public Consultation 1 was held in October 2005 and presented the public with three alternative route options for the relief road, Route 2a, Route 2b and Route 2c.

In April 2006, Route 2c was selected as a basis for an Emerging Preferred Route for North Hykeham Relief Road by Lincolnshire County Council, taking into account the results of Public Consultation 1 and the studies preceding it.

Following further route development, a second public consultation on the relief road, Public Consultation 2 was held in October 2006. After careful consideration of all the scheme reports, on 5th December 2006 the County Council’s Executive Committee made the decision to endorse the Emerging Preferred Route, Route 2c, as its Preferred Route for the North Hykeham Relief Road.


Oct 2005First 'preferred route' consultation takes place
Apr 2006Route 2c selected as basis for an Emerging Preferred Route
Oct 2006Second 'preferred route' consultation takes place
Dec 2006Route 2c endorsed as the relief road's preferred route
Jul 2017Funding for preparation of an outline business case secured
Mar 2019 *Outline business case complete

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

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Last updated: 9 October 2017

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