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Bid for funding for the Western Relief Road to be considered by Cabinet

Western relief road

Bid for funding for the Western Relief Road to be considered by Cabinet

North East Lincolnshire Council will consider a report next week which will unlock the next stage of the Western Relief Road.

The relief road is a key project in the Council’s ambition to improve sustainable transport options, and reduce congestion, journey times and vehicle emissions across North East Lincolnshire.

The road would stretch from the A46 at Morrisons to the Europarc, running in between Great Coates and Healing to ease any traffic issues that could occur from a project of this size.

The Council aims to apply to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF) for up to £50 million to progress on three highways schemes.

These are the Western Relief Road project and two further projects on the A180 into Grimsby.

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”.

These places include 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 relief road would support the delivery of a housing site of around 3,500 new homes, as well as providing easier access for people to get to the port areas for work, relieve other areas that suffer from high traffic volumes, and contribute to improving air quality.

The Western Relief Road Project has been earmarked for some time, having been included initially in the Local Plan, which was adopted in 2018.

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 Cleethorpes.

If approved at Cabinet, the bid will be submitted to Government later this month, and if approved, would be delivered between 2022 and 2025.

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