East-West Link Road
The East-West Link Road opened on 17 November 2016, linking the High Street at its junction with Tentercroft Street to Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road.
The new road will bring significant benefits to the area by removing the need for traffic to cross the High Street level crossing, which can cause long delays. It will also facilitate the regeneration of Tentercroft Street and the former coal yard.
Work on the new £22 million road started at the beginning of November 2014 and was carried out by Balfour Beatty Construction.
To provide room for the new road to be built, a number of properties have been demolished, perhaps most significantly the former Gadsby’s premises which was situated on the south side of Tentercroft Street where it meets the High Street, which is within a conservation area covering this part of the city. In accordance with the requirements of English Heritage the building was taken down brick by brick where possible, with existing materials being reused in the construction of the replacement building.
The new road will enable the High Street, from St Mary’s Street to St Mark’s Street, to be pedestrianised. This will link the area more closely with the existing city centre shopping area to the north of the level crossing. This project is began on 15 August 2016.
Network Rail opened its new footbridge, including lifts, over the High Street railway crossing in June 2016 further improving the accessibility for pedestrians who were previously delayed by the level crossing when the barriers were closed.
Plans for the pedestrianisation of the bottom of Lincoln High Street on completion of the East-West Link in 2016.