North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet has approved close to £3m of central Government money aimed to improve and maintain the carriageways, footpaths and highway structures of North East Lincolnshire.
The funding will be used for the year ahead, starting in April. It will contribute towards major schemes planned for the area, alongside the ongoing core schemes – all with the purpose of improving road safety, public transport, carriageways and footpaths, along with improving our electric vehicle infrastructure and the uptake of sustainable transport methods.
A number of projects taking place in the area will benefit from Local Transport funding, with it topping up external funding pots or council monies to enable projects to move forward. Almost half of the funding will be used for ongoing highway maintenance stretching across North East Lincolnshire.
Funding will also be used for a variety of initiatives including encouraging greater uptake of cycling and walking, with supporting infrastructure improvements, as well as public transport improvements and a variety of road safety schemes.
Following the approval, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, said: “The schemes we plan to take forward next year are based on a number of factors, all following the themes set in our Local Transport Plan, and align closely with the ambitions set out nationally by the Government, including the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
“Over the next year, before schemes get on the ground, I would like to assure those directly affected that we will be engaging throughout the process and where appropriate, asking for feedback during the detailed design stages.
“The Local Transport Plan is fundamental to the work delivered across the highways and transport service – enabling to name just a few, school crossing patrols, Public Rights of Way projects and key road safety work to progress, but also supporting major schemes such as the Cycle Superhighway and the Corporation Road Bridge refurbishment, both set to be on the ground in the coming months.”
“Our aim with this funding is to take forward a raft of projects that will have the biggest benefit to the residents and businesses in North East Lincolnshire,” added Cllr Swinburn. “In carrying out these projects, it is important to not just focus on the long-term benefits of these works, but also the value in the job creation for local people for the duration of the works.”
The 2020/21 Local Transport Planning has helped support several major schemes including: A18 road safety improvements, South Humber Bank Major Maintenance scheme and B1444 Little Coates/Cambridge Road junction improvements.