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Works to improve the area’s road surfacing, drainage, footways and traffic signals have now started

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Works are now officially underway for our improvements to Newland and the surrounding area of Lincoln.

“From now, the team will be on-site until this winter working to improve the area’s infrastructure for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and everyone else that passes through.

“Not only will we be digging up the existing road surfacing ahead of laying new, but we’ll also be improving the drainage to help reduce surface water when it rains and replacing two of Lincoln’s most used sets of traffic signals.

“All of the infrastructure we’re replacing is starting to deteriorate, so we’re taking the opportunity to improve it all now before it can get any worse. This will also mean less disruption for Lincoln in the future.”

Below is an overview the traffic management planned for throughout the project:

  • A 24/7 westbound closure of Newland will be used as needed throughout the project, between Wigford Way and The Avenue, for footway, kerbing, drainage and signal works
  • The main diversion route for the westbound closure will be via East West Link, Tentercroft Street, Rope Walk and Brayford Way
  • Vehicles will still be able to travel eastbound along Newland; however, temporary traffic signals will be used as needed
  • Vehicles will be able to access Lucy Tower Street and the car park by travelling eastbound along Newland
  • To minimise disruption to the travelling public and to allow safe working space for the site team, road surfacing works will be carried out at night, between 7pm and 6am (weekday evenings), under a full road closure
  • Advance Road Closure warning signs will be erected on-site two weeks prior to the start of any of road closures

Cllr Davies added: “Now that the works are underway, people will no doubt experience some disruption during their journeys into, out of and around Lincoln. This is inevitable when carrying out works of this scale, so we kindly ask everyone to bear with us for the next seven months as the disruption will be well worth it in the end.

“In the meantime, we encourage everyone to leave extra time for their journeys and to treat our workforce with respect.”

As part of the £2 million project, the following improvements are being carried out:

  • Full reconstruction of the carriageway along Newland, between Mint Street and Carholme Road junction – along with part of Wigford Way, Mint Lane and Lucy Tower Street
  • Replacing the traffic signals at the Lucy Tower Street/Newland junction and at the Carholme Road/Brayford Way junction
  • Replacing kerbs and footways that have started to deteriorate
  • Repair work to the county council’s highways drainage system

For more information about this and other major highways projects, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.

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The Newland maintenance and refurbishment project will see the following improvements carried out in the heart of Lincoln:

  • rebuilding the carriageway along Newland, between Wigford Way and The Avenue – along with some of Wigford Way, Mint Lane and Lucy Tower Street
  • replacing kerbs and footways that have started to deteriorate
  • installing improved highways drainage
  • replacing two of Lincoln’s oldest sets of the traffic signals – at the Lucy Tower Street/Newland junction and at the Carholme Road/Brayford Way junction

Aims and benefits

  • Improved infrastructure for those traveling on foot
  • Smoother journeys for those travelling by car
  • New traffic lights with improved technology
  • Help alleviate standing water in the area

Cost and funding

The estimated cost is £2 million, with the scheme being fully funded by Lincolnshire County Council.

Timeline

  • July 2023: Preliminary surveys carried out
  • March 2024: Contractor appointed
  • April 2024: Works begin
  • Winter 2024/25*: Project complete

*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependent on external factors.

* UPDATE - 14/06/2024 *

Night works, under a full road closure between 7pm and 6am, will commence on Wigford Way Junction from the 24.06.24 and last approximately 2 weeks.

The work being carried out under the full road closure include drainage and carriageway resurfacing.

During the night works, vehicular access along Newland will only be up to and including the Lucy Tower Street Junction. For vehicles wishing to access Lucy Tower Street, Lucy Tower Street Carpark and the Brayford, it is advised that they approach from the west via The Avenue/Carholme Road.

Vehicles exiting from Lucy Tower Street will be required to turn left at the junction and travel in a westbound direction, then diverted onto Orchard Street. 

There will be no access to the city centre from Newland, Beaumont Fee or Wigford Way and a signed diversion route will be in place.

After 6am, vehicular access along Newland will be returned to an eastbound direction only.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during all the works with various signed pedestrian diversion routes in place.

Please see the image below of the upcoming closure.

* UPDATE - 06/06/2024 * via Lincolnshire County Council

Newland Highway Improvements June Update

What was achieved in May

  • Installed new kerbs and channels along the south-side of Newland
  • Completed drainage improvements along the south side of Newland
  • Footway reconstruction along the south-side of Newland
  • Started carriageway reconstruction on westbound lane of Newland
  • Reconstructed footway and crossing points of the north-side of Brayford Way / Carholme Road junction

What’s happening in June

  • Installation and commissioning of traffic signals equipment on Brayford Way / Carholme Road junction
  • Reconstruction of central splitter islands on Brayford Way / Carholme Road junction
  • Start the carriageway reconstruction on Brayford Way / Carholme Road junction
  • Island and footway reconstruction at the Lucy Tower Street junction
  • Switch to new working area on the north-side of Newland
  • Start drainage improvements on the north-side of Newland
  • Installation of new kerbs, channels, pedestrian crossing on the north-side of Newland between The Avenue and Orchard Street

Current/ongoing traffic restrictions and closures

  • 24/7 westbound closure of Newland, between Wigford Way and The Avenue
  • Diversion via East West Link, Tentercroft Street, Rope Walk and Brayford Way
  • Vehicles can access Lucy Tower Street and the multi-storey car park by travelling eastbound along Newland

Upcoming traffic restrictions and closures

  • N/A

 

General election day is on the 4th of July and because of this the nighttime resurfacing works on that day will not be starting until 10pm, this is to help with people travelling to the polling station.

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