North East Lincolnshire’s Cabinet will consider a report next week which will unlock the next stage of the Western Relief Road – a key project in the council’s ambition to improve sustainable transport options, and reduce congestion, journey times and vehicle emissions across the borough.
The Council wishes to apply to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF) for a total of up to £50million to allow progress to be made on three key highways schemes: the Western Relief Road project, and two further projects around the A180 infrastructure on the entry way into Grimsby and upgrading the capacity to access employment opportunities on the South Humber bank.
Earlier this year, the Government launched plans for investment in national infrastructure, infrastructure that people rely on in everyday life in communities up and down the country.
While the Fund is open to every local area, it is especially intended to support investment in places where it can make the biggest difference to everyday life, including ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and coastal communities. North East Lincolnshire has been identified as a key place where this difference would be felt.
The Western Relief Road Project has been earmarked for some time, having been included initially in the Local Plan, which was adopted in 2018.
The road, which would run between the A46 near Morrisons roundabout and the A1136 junction on the A180, would also support the delivery of a housing site of around 3500 new homes, provide easier access for people to get to the port areas for work, relieve other areas of the borough that suffer from high traffic volumes, and also contribute to improving air quality in other areas.
Meanwhile, the other elements of the project would look to improve the capacity of the roundabouts on the way into Grimsby, and do essential structural maintenance to the flyovers to make sure that traffic keeps flowing into Grimsby and onwards to Cleethorpes, as well as extending the cycle superhighway scheme, currently being built near Grimsby, and enabling a new bus bridge to be built near Europarc to help public transport access.
If approved at Cabinet, the bid will be submitted to Government later this month, and if approved, would be delivered between 2022 and 2025.