North East Lincolnshire Council

Business cases and funding bids

Details of business cases, grants and funding bids related to roads, parking and transport in North East Lincolnshire.

This includes proposals put forward to secure funding from external funding bodies. Any award of funding is a competitive process and submission of proposal is not a guarantee of funding. We also publish details of how we make use of any funds received.

In February 2009 a Major Scheme Business Case was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval, the documents below form that business case.

Relevant documents:

A18/A180 major scheme business case (PDF)

Annex A: DfT meeting notes (PDF)

Annex B: Preferred scheme layout (PDF)

Annex D: Air quality and greenhouse gas assessment (PDF)

Annex E: Archaeology report (PDF)

Annex F: Ecological baseline study (PDF)

Annex G: COBA (PDF)

Annex H: Modelling scoping report (PDF)

Annex I: Base model validation (PDF)

Annex J: DfT appraisal proformas (PDF)

Annex K: Scenario sensitivity tests (PDF)

Annex L: Tuba output (PDF)

Annex M: Project management (PDF)

Annex N: Consultation report (PDF)

Annex O: NATA (PDF)

Annex P: Communications plan appendix (PDF)

Annex Q: Risk register and issues log (PDF)

Annex R: NELC Procurement Strategy (PDF)

Annex S: Scheme cost review (PDF)

Annex T: S151 letter (PDF)

Contact details:

Highways and Transport, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Telephone: 01472 313131


Bus service operators grant

As part of the Bus Service Operator Grant conditions we publish details of how we make use of the funds. To do this we complete a short survey every year issued to us by the Department for Transport. Our responses can be found below:

Bus Service Operators Grant Survey 2018/19 (PDF)

Bus Service Operators Grant Survey 2017/18 (PDF)

Bus Service Operators Grant Survey 2016/17 (PDF)

Commercial bus services

Public bus services across North East Lincolnshire are run by independent commercial companies. Some of these companies are locally based, others are part of larger national operating groups.

Bus operators are free to decide which route bus services should take, which bus stops should be served, the timetable to be followed and the fares to be charged. These types of bus services do not receive any subsidy from the local authority.

Starting or cancelling a bus service

In order to start a new bus service or to alter or cancel an existing one, a bus operator needs to give 42 days’ notice to the Traffic Commissioner, who is part of the central government Department for Transport. This notice period can only be reduced or waived in exceptional circumstances. Bus operators are required to notify the local authority where the service operates 28 days before the 42 day notice period begins.

Bus operators will generally only provide bus services if they think they will be profitable. This normally means bus services where there are significant numbers of fare-paying passengers travelling regularly.

Commercially provided bus services may not meet all the needs of bus users, especially in rural areas, outside peak times and at weekends. In these circumstances, a local authority can either contract with a bus operator directly to provide a service thought to be necessary, or pay for additional journeys or stops on an existing route (subject to procurement regulations).

Subsidised bus services

Local authorities may subsidise bus services that are socially necessary. These are usually bus services which are needed by the public, but are unlikely to make a profit.

Subsidised bus services often serve communities where no other transport exists.

Bus subsidy data

For details of subsidised bus services in North East Lincolnshire and our annual budget for subsidised bus services download the spreadsheet Bus subsidy data (XLS)

Temporary grant to local transport authorities to make sure local bus services continue to operate

The Department for Transport urged local authorities to continue to pay bus operators for tendered services at the levels before any downturn in service provision or patronage, for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, which we have committed to do.

The local transport element of the Bus Services Support Grant is being allocated to support local bus services, such as tendered bus services that may be experiencing revenue shortfalls. The grant initially ran for a period of three months (12 weeks).

As a local transport authority, we received an allocation from the Government and have allocated a total amount for the initial 12-week period of £67,031 to local bus operators in North East Lincolnshire.

The grant has helped us support the following bus mileage within the borough from the 17 March 2020 to 8 June 2020.

Bus service number

Start location

Finish Location

Kilometres operated in 2020

Kilometres operated in 2019

20 Cleethorpes Pier Wybers Wood 7,420.2 7,523.9
1, 2 Victor Street/ Grimsby Town Centre Europarc/ Wybers Wood 27,240.9 25,708.8
NHS DRT – Diana Princess of Wales (Grimsby Hospital) NHS Demand Responsive Transport Service Demand Responsive Transport Demand Responsive Transport 5,601.2 0

Bus service numbers 1, 2 and 20 included the delivery of services on the following Bank Holidays:

  • Friday 10 April 2020
  • Monday 13 April 2020
  • Friday 8 May 2020
  • Monday 25 May 2020

North East Lincolnshire’s economy has strong prospects for growth with major opportunities in offshore wind, port and logistics and other sectors. The Council’s Local Plan aims to create almost 9,000 jobs by 2032, with growth focused on the South Humber Bank Enterprise Zone. Building on the earlier LSTF programme, ‘Delivering Growth through Sustainable Travel’ will connect our most deprived communities with areas of economic opportunity. The programme promotes sustainable travel modes with a strong emphasis on supporting cycling and walking and enhancing key bus routes. The programme creates the platform to ensure the long-term viability of these initiatives.

Read our Sustainable travel transition application (PDF).

This scheme is an extension of the current Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) funded capital infrastructure works currently being delivered in Grimsby town centre. The focus of the LSTF works are to support economic growth in North East Lincolnshire by improving the public transport provision for those travelling to and from the town centre and to local employment zones. Increased travel choices for people wanting to access employment and encouraging active travel options amongst our communities are other vital elements of the bid.

The intention of this LSTF bid is to complement the original project to stimulate economic growth in Grimsby town centre by further increasing accessibility by widening out the network of cycle proof roads and walking town centre routes enabling more sustainable access to additional new development opportunities. This will be encouraged through a package of behaviour change measures by encouraging physical activity, improving information, travel planning and affordable ticketing.

Relevant documents:

Grimsby Town centre access to growth bid (PDF)

Contact details:

Transport team, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Telephone: 01472 326290


The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund was announced in the 2014 Government Autumn Statement.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major highway maintenance projects, to help maintain existing local highways infrastructure, that are otherwise difficult to fund through the normal needs element allocations they receive.

North East Lincolnshire Council submitted 1 bid to the Department for Transport for Tranche 1 funding in years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18. Unfortunately the Council was unsuccessful with this bid.

The Council has submitted 1 bid to the latest round of Challenge Funding to Tranche 2A of the DfT Challenge Fund for highway maintenance in 2017/18. The DfT will announce successful bids in April/May 2017.

North East Lincolnshire Council Application Form Tranche 2A (PDF)


Appendix A_1 – Bid Location Plan – National Context (PDF)

Appendix A_2 – Location Plan- Detail (PDF)

Appendix A_3 – Full Scheme – Phasing Plan A3 (PDF)

Appendix A_4 – General Arrangement Plan Phase 1 and 2 (PDF)

Appendix A_5 – Grimsby Enterprise Zone Location Map (PDF)

Appendix A_6 – Challenge Fund bid cycle map (PDF)

Appendix A_7 – Existing Bus Infrastructure (PDF)

Appendix C_1 – Full Scheme – Phasing Plan A3 (PDF)

Appendix C_2 – 1 Time Line Of Events – Phase 1 (PDF)

Appendix C_2 – Construction programme – Phase 1- 1 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix C_2 – Construction programme – Phase 1- 2 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix C_2 – Construction programme – Phase 1- 3 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix C_3 – Full project programme- Phase 1 and 2 (PDF)

Appendix D – Maintenance History and condition (PDF)

Appendix E_1 – 2016 – SHIIP – Technical Summary (PDF)

Appendix E_2 – NELC Economic Strategy (PDF)

Appendix F – Risk Management Plan (PDF)

Appendix G – Equality Impact Assessment_070317 (PDF)

Appendix H_1 – VfM- non quantified assessment – Phase 1 (PDF)

Appendix H_2 – VfM – Cycle Route (PDF)

Appendix I – Copy of (1508 19) Grimsby ATC (XLS)

Appendix I – Copy of L2 08 Moody Lane (XLS)

Appendix I – Road Safety Accident History PHASE 1 (PDF)

Appendix J_1 – Organogram – Project Responsibilities (PowerPoint)

Appendix J_2 – Time Line Of Events – Phase 1 (PDF)

Appendix J_3 – Construction programme – Phase 1- 1 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix J_4 – Construction programme – Phase 1- 2 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix J_5 -Construction programme – Phase 1- 3 of 3 (PDF)

Appendix K – HE Letter (PDF)

Appendix K – Martin Vickers MP Letter of Support (PDF)

Appendix K – ABP Letter of support (PDF)

Appendix K – Humber LEP Letter of Support (PDF)

Appendix K – Melanie Onn MP Letter of Support (PDF)

As part of the 2012 Autumn Statement the Government announced the creation of a Local Pinch Point Fund (“the Fund”) worth £170m to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth. The Fund reflects the Government’s strong commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that may be restricting the movement of goods and people. The Fund is intended to secure immediate impacts on growth and is therefore aimed at those schemes that can be delivered quickly, with the Department’s funding contribution (in the form of capital) only available in financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s has submitted two bids.

Toll Bar A16 ‘Gateway to Growth’

The scheme offers a solution to congestion and safety issues raised in our Local Transport Plan, it is essential to allow both economic and housing growth. The scheme will reduce costs to business, ensuring reliable journeys by reducing congestion at this key entry point into North East Lincolnshire from the A16 South and East Lindsay in Lincolnshire.

Improving this current pinch point will reduce lost time for businesses accessing the South Humber Bank growth area and the Grimsby Dock Local Enterprise Zone whilst reducing travel to work times and increasing the employment catchment area.

The scheme is supported by the main bus operator Stagecoach East Midlands and by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cleethorpe Road Flyover Structural Maintenance and Riby Square, Grimsby Air Quality Management Area Improvements

This project will enable the long term upgrading of the deteriorating Cleethorpe Road Flyover, a strategic link on the North East Lincolnshire highway network transporting over 20,000 vehicles per day. This will avoid the future failure of the structure which would result in its closure to traffic and creation of congestion on diversionary routes, or imposition of weight or width limitations.

A further enhancement of the adjoining Riby Square junction enables a solution to the long standing Riby Square Air Quality Management Area and includes a new access to the regeneration area of Freeman Street. The associated reductions in congestion will also assist in the Local Development Order for the new Grimsby Dock Local Enterprise Zone.

Relevant documents:

Tollbar checklist (PDF)

North East Lincolnshire Tollbar pinch point bid covering letter (PDF)

North East Lincolnshire pinch point Tollbar application (PDF)

Cleethorpe Road pinch point bid – Oct 2013 (PDF)

Cleethorpe Road resubmitted bid template (PDF)

Cleethorpe Road addendum (PDF)

Appendix H Stagecoach support (PDF)

Appendix H LEP support (PDF)

Appendix G Tollbar risk management strategy (PDF)

Appendix F Tollbar appraisal summary table (XLS)

Appendix E data sources (PDF)

Appendix D forecasting report (PDF)

Appendix C risk summary (PDF)

Appendix B Tollbar scheme impact pro forma (XLS)

Appendix A project plan Tollbar roundabout (PDF)

Contact details:

Transport Policy, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Telephone: 01472 313131


Read the details of our Safer Roads Fund application:

Safer Roads Fund September 2017 (PDF)

The ‘South Humber Enterprise Link’ enables sustainable access to businesses, including the impending ABLE UK Humber Port development. It aims to meet the needs of commuters and job seekers in the local communities of North and North East Lincolnshire by delivering a package of measures encouraging sustainable travel choices, reducing congestion and enabling economic growth.

This will be achieved by improving the transport networks across the two local authorities’ boundaries linking the Centre for Assessment of Technical Competence Humber (CATCH) near Immingham with the areas of current and future employment on the South Humber Bank. This will be achieved by enabling a cycling revolution with the creation of off road shared cycle lanes and an enhanced bus service. The project will be complemented by a programme of behaviour change initiatives that will inform and encourage. The package builds on proven best practice measures from North and North East Lincolnshire and elsewhere.

Relevant documents:

South Humber enterprise link bid (PDF)

Contact details:

Transport Policy, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Telephone: 01472 313131


Local authorities can submit applications to the Department for Transport (DfT) for supported bus services from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (2020/2021).  The Government expects this funding to be used to improve the provision of local bus services in one or more of the following ways:

  • To improve current local bus services – for instance increasing evening or weekend frequencies, or supporting additional seasonal services in tourist areas,
  • To restore lost bus routes where most needed to ensure people have access to public transport services,
  • To support new bus services, or extensions to current services, to access e.g. new housing, employment opportunities, healthcare facilities etc.

Outcome of North East Lincolnshire Council’s 2020/2021 Supported Bus Services Grant Application

On 23 April 2020, DfT notified North East Lincolnshire Council the application for £93,411 had been approved.

The notification from DfT also stated that Government Ministers are allowing local authorities to use some or all of their funding allocations supporting bus services affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  NELC may use the funding to keep services running, or to restore any services lost due to COVID-19.  If NELC choose to use any of the funding in this way, this should be reflected in the information NELC publish on the Council’s website.  The grant terms and conditions require North East Lincolnshire Council to publish how the local authority intends to use the funding and this must be completed within one month of the funding being provided.

How North East Lincolnshire Council intends to use the 2020/2021 Supported Bus Services Grant

North East Lincolnshire Council intends to use all of the 2020/2021 Supported Bus Services grant to support the 1, 2 & 20 Europarc bus service.   This is on the basis if COVID-19 had not occurred, the Council would have reviewed the existing bus service.  The grant can be used to “keep services running” including the 1, 2 and 20 Europarc bus service 30 minute frequency in 2020/2021.  DfT have confirmed this is in line with the funding objectives and requirements so that is an acceptable use of the funding.

We have been successfully awarded a Total Transport Grant from the Department for Transport. The intention as stated in the bid, is to create cross-agency Passenger Transport Partnership. Our successful bid was one of 37 Nationally to undertake an investigative study to improve transport integration in the area. More details can be found in the Northern Lincolnshire Total Transport Pilot Fund Application (PDF).

For more information visit our Total Transport page.

Building on previous LSTF and Sustainable Travel Transition Year funded programmes, ‘Pedal and Stride to Economic Growth’ will connect our most deprived communities with areas of economic opportunity. The programme promotes sustainable travel with an emphasis on supporting cycling, walking, local bus services and delivering a platform to ensure the long-term viability of these initiatives.

Access Fund Appendices (PDF)

Access Fund Application Form (PDF)

The National Productivity Investment Fund was announced in the 2016 Government Autumn Statement.

The funding allocated to each Local highway authority is for local highway and other local transport improvements which aims to reduce congestion at key locations, the upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets across England, outside London, to improve access to employment and housing, to develop economic and job creation opportunities.

North East Lincolnshire Council intends to utilise the funding allocation to improve the condition of the Key Route Network with resurfacing works to enhance access to employment and housing, supporting the local plan and Council’s key priorities of Stronger Economy and Stronger Communities.

Further detail on exact locations will be published in the next few weeks.

The Department for Transport awarded North East Lincolnshire Council £160,000 for the year 2017/18.

North East Lincolnshire Council has used the funding to carry out preventative maintenance treatment (patching and resurfacing) to the local highway network in North East Lincolnshire to reduce the number of potholes and to prevent pothole from forming in the first place.

The funding enabled North East Lincolnshire Council to carry out preventative maintenance at the following sites:

Street Town Road Number
A180 Interchange Grimsby A1136
Cromwell Road Grimsby A1136
Great Coates Road Grimsby A1136
Clee Road Cleethorpes A46
High Street Waltham B1203
Pelham Road Immingham B1210
Welholme Road Grimsby B1212
Little Coates Road Grimsby B1444
Laporte Road Immingham C146
Corporation Road Grimsby C505
Ashby Lane/Main Road Ashby-cum-Fenby UNC
Waithe Lane Brigsley UNC
Barcroft Street Cleethorpes UNC
Hardys Road Cleethorpes UNC
Oxford Street Cleethorpes UNC
Tiverton Street Cleethorpes UNC
Europarc Grimsby UNC
Winchester Avenue Grimsby UNC
Marian Way Waltham UNC