This two year project is linking the High Street at its junction with Tentercroft Street to Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road.
The new road will bring significant benefits to the area by removing the need for traffic to cross the notorious High Street level crossing, which can cause long delays. It will also facilitate the regeneration of Tentercroft Street and the former coal yard.
Work started at the beginning of November 2014 on the new £22 million, East-West Link road (Phase 1) in the centre of Lincoln and is being built by Balfour Beatty Construction.
To provide room for the new road to be built, a number of properties are being demolished, perhaps most significantly the former Gadsby’s premises which was situated on the south side of Tentercroft Street where it meets the High Street which is within a conservation area covering this part of the City. In accordance with the requirements of English Heritage the building was taken down brick by brick where possible, with existing materials reused in the construction of the replacement building.
On completion the new road will enable the High Street, from St Mary’s Street to St Mark’s Street, to be pedestrianised. This will link the area more closely with the existing city centre shopping area to the north of the level crossing. Work to provide a new footbridge, including lifts, over the railway is already underway and Network Rail expects this to be completed early 2016. Improving further the accessibility for the many pedestrians, who are delayed by the level crossing when the barriers are closed.