Lincoln secures funding for transport upgrades
Construction of a new bus station and car park in Lincoln is expected to start within weeks following the government’s commitment of funding towards the £29m project.
Willmott Dixon was appointed in February 2015 to build the project.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is providing £11m, with the City of Lincoln Council providing £16m and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £2m. The scheme is intended to help improve city centre journeys for people living, working or visiting the town and deliver a boost to the economy. The lack of a major city centre car park is seen as holding back local businesses and the current bus station is regarded as not good enough for 21st century Lincoln.
As part of the upgrade, the new bus station will provide live travel information for both bus and rail passengers, while the 1,000 space multi-storey will have up to 32 electric vehicle charging points.
The investment follows the transport secretary’s approval of plans for a new eastern bypass earlier this year. The council is now working to secure funding for the bypass. Other planned transport upgrades in the city include improvements to Lincoln Central railway station and a pedestrianised plaza connecting the bus and rail stations.
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “A new bus station, car park and upgraded railway station will be a huge benefit to people who live and work in Lincoln, and those who visit the city. Better transport facilities don’t just help people get around, they help them get on – connecting them to jobs, opportunities and helping deliver economic growth.”
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This article was published on 17 Aug 2016 (last updated on 17 Aug 2016).