Three week closure of Toll Bar footpath

Three week closure of Toll Bar footpath

Three week closure of Toll Bar footpath

Toll Bar roundabout’s North East corner footpath is set to be closed for up to three weeks to allow for essential works, North East Lincolnshire Council have confirmed.

This is the latest in a series of updates and closures amid the ongoing redevelopment of Toll Bar Roundabout.

Following years of controversial debate, the decision was made to retain the roundabout, with works beginning in July.

Thus far, the council have stated that improvements will include widening the entry and exit roads to help traffic flow through the junction more efficiently.

Now, a three-week closure of the North East corner footpath at the Toll Bar roundabout has been announced.

This will begin on Wednesday 16 September, and will allow Northern Power Grid to lay a new high voltage mains supply, while ensuring the safety of pedestrians and contractors.

Diversions will be in place for pedestrians, including school children walking to Tollbar Academy from New Waltham.

Pupils returned to school at the beginning of September.

It is expected that Station Road will be reduced to a single carriageway in both directions, with a large temporary island installed between the carriageways.

A temporary Pelican crossing is also being installed on the A16 north to help students who use a bus stop on the opposite side to the academy to cross the road.

Speaking in July, Cabinet member for transport and the environment, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, said:

“A huge amount of planning has gone into ensuring the scheme runs as smoothly as possible.

“We are really sensitive to the inevitable disruption and inconvenience but officers from the council and ENGIE are working with the contractors to ensure this is kept to a minimum.”

In an updated statement, he added:

“We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause but the timing has been out of our hands.

“The next available slot Northern PowerGrid contractors were available was November, which would have delayed the scheme well into the New Year.

“We appreciate it will be inconvenient for pedestrians but we ask for their co-operation.”

Motorists are warned to expect further delays at the roundabout with the operation of the temporary pelican crossings.

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