When I was first elected in 2010, I pledged that I would always stick to my commitment of “Putting Lincoln First” – from ensuring the voices of my Constituents were heard in Westminster as well as ensuring our wonderful City received the improvements it rightly deserved. Having a Conservative Government that like me cares about the people and businesses in Lincoln certainly helps.
As I reiterated on the tenth anniversary of my Maiden Speech in Parliament, my priority was focussed on, “...enhancing and improving the infrastructure of our City and the surrounding areas as we all benefit through better education, work opportunities and transport links, be that if we live, work, study or are just visiting the lovely constituency of Lincoln and its position as the gateway to the greater County of Lincolnshire”. The list below sets out a range of these achievements.
Whilst a number of the big projects have been completed or are starting, given the increasing popularity and importance of the City as a place to live, work, study and visit - there will always be a large number more to support. Time never stands still in Lincoln as it remains as vibrant today as it was when the Romans were here. Tomorrow will be no different.
This is why being the Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Skellingthorpe, Bracebridge Heath and Waddington East is such an honour and a privilege - there is no better place in the UK.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS FOR LINCOLN, SKELLINGTHORPE, BRACEBRIDGE HEATH & WADDINGTON EAST
Karl led the campaign to create a ring road around the City – despite being told when first elected in 2010, that this was unachievable.
Furthermore, he has banged on Conservative Minister’s doors, led and supported campaigns, and, always passionately argued the case for significant improvements in rail services, a new bus station, building railway pedestrian crossings and other improvements including tackling traffic bottlenecks.
Lincoln “Ring Road”
- Led the support with Lincolnshire County Council for the creation of a £122 million Lincoln Eastern bypass connecting the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road. Opened in December 2020 and often referred to by many, as “McCartney Way”
- Ensured the dualling of sections of the Western Bypass (A46/A15) around Lincoln were created. These sections were finished in 2013
- Worked with Lincolnshire County Council in securing £110 million from the Government to fund the North Hykeham Relief Road (Southern Bypass) linking the new Lincoln Eastern Bypass with the existing Western Bypass to create a ring road. This is due to be completed in 2027.
Other Road Improvements
- Supported the increase in capacity and improvements in traffic flow at the A46 Riseholme roundabout which included an extra lane alongside the extra entrance and exit lanes at all approaches and exits. The work was completed in 2020
- Secured funding from the Government for the £22 million East-West Link Road in the centre of Lincoln thereby providing a direct link from the High Street (at its junction with Tentercroft Street) to Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road. This meant traffic can bypass the City Centre’s level crossings. This was opened in 2016
- Supported the funding of a range of bottleneck and pinch-point improvements including the upgrading of both the top and bottom of the hill on Canwick Road in the South-East, and Brant Road / Rookery Lane & Newark Road in the South-West. These works were completed in 2015.
Lincoln Transport Hub
- Supported the creation of the Lincoln Transport Hub including persuading the Department of Transport to contribute £11 million to the project. This included a new bus station. The new transport hub was fully opened in 2018
- Supported the introduction of the successful Park and Ride scheme from the north of Lincoln into the City Centre. This was opened in 2017.
Railway Improvements (including pedestrian crossings)
- Ensured there were direct trains again from Lincoln to London – direct links were started in 2011 and there has been continual improvement which Karl has campaigned for including directly lobbying the rail companies
- Improved cross-country train services, especially at weekends connecting Lincoln to the rest of the East Midlands, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire
- Led the campaign for the Lincoln High Street footbridge to be built by the level crossing, therefore allowing pedestrians to cross the railway line safely 24/7. This was opened in 2016
- Campaigned to persuade Network Rail to fund an aesthetically pleasing pedestrian bridge over the railway by Lincoln's Brayford Wharf East. This was opened in 2019.
Securing Lincoln’s position as one of the Country’s leading national education centres has and always been a priority for Karl, given the brilliant universities, colleges and schools in the City. Below is a list of just some of his key achievements.
- Karl worked with and fully supported Bishop Grosseteste University in being conferred university status in 2012
- Supported the expansion of the City’s two prestigious Universities (16,000+ students) whilst encouraging them to play a fuller role in the business and civic life of Lincoln
- Campaigned for and supported the creation of Lincoln Medical School at Lincoln University which was opened in 2021
- Campaigned for and supported the creation of the first new Engineering School in the UK for 20 years at the University of Lincoln
- Supported the growing success of Lincoln College including its ground-breaking Air and Defence College. Karl has also successfully campaigned for more investment in further education and apprenticeships across the City
- Karl has supported the Conservative Government as it continues to invest in Lincolnshire’s primary and secondary schools with continuing increases in funding
- The vast majority of schools in Lincoln are rated as Outstanding or Good by Ofsted.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Karl has always championed the need for further investment in local health services and social care. Supporting further investment in Lincoln County Hospital and improving its performance remains a key priority.
- Successfully lobbied the Conservative Government to increase funding and support for Lincoln County Hospital including recently a £7 million investment in the A&E facilities, alongside investment into the neonatal intensive care unit
- Supported the creation of a Centre for Innovation in Rural Health in the heart of Lincoln with an investment announced in 2020 of £1.3 million
- Successfully lobbied the Conservative Government to help with rough-sleeping in the City with a positive result in 2020 when the Government gave the City Council over £1 million to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
HERITAGE AND CULTURE
Karl is a champion of the City’s wonderful heritage given it is the jewel in the crown not only within the East Midlands but across the whole of the UK too. As a Member of Parliament, he has always campaigned and supported new investment and raised the profile of the City’s history and culture – making it a key tourist destination for visitors from across the UK and the world.
- Championed the wonderful Lincoln Cathedral including backing successful Lottery bids for the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project and for Government investment to support repairs and its upkeep
- Supported extra investment and helped raise the profile of Lincoln Castle including the Magna Carta Centre which was opened on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. A 1215 copy of the Magna Carta can be found next to the 1217 Charter of the Forest at Lincoln Castle which is the only place in the world where the two documents can be seen side by side
- Karl always supports tourism into the City and as well as the above, he promotes the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, The Collection and especially The Usher Gallery
- Karl recognises the importance of civic life in the City and has always supported the Civic Trust, the various Rotary Clubs of Lincoln and the hundreds of community groups that enrich the life of the City
- As Lincoln's Member of Parliament, Karl supported the need for the Conservative Government’s Covid-19 Culture Recovery Fund to include Lincoln’s thriving arts community which has seen nine arts organisations receiving over £300,000 in support. In addition, twelve churches in the Lincoln diocese have received £1.8 million, and Lincoln Cathedral has received £1.2 million from this fund.
CRIME AND POLICING
- Karl has resisted attempts to close Lincoln Prison and has campaigned for the Government to invest in extra prison places, thereby helping to reduce overcrowding
- In ensuring the delivery of the Conservative Government’s 2019 manifesto for an extra 20,000 police officers, Karl is ensuring that Lincoln and Lincolnshire as a whole gain their fair share of Police funding. Over 100 police officers are being recruited in 2021/22, for example, which is in addition to those recruited in 2020.
BUSINESS INVESTMENT, JOBS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Karl has continuously championed the case for more funding into the City and is currently a member of Lincoln’s Town Deal Board.
- £19 million from the Conservative Government’s Towns Fund deals announced in the 2021 Budget
- Strengthening the riverside walls along Foss Bank, as part of a £6 million Conservative Government investment in the City’s flood defences
- £3.4 million to support Lincoln Science and Innovation Park (Phase 2)
- £1 million in Conservative Government cash to revamp the High Street end of Cornhill
- £87,000 from the Conservative Government’s Welcome Back Fund to help local high streets reopen and attract shoppers and tourists
- £1.3 million for the Centre for Innovation in Rural Health.
JOBS AND BUSINESS SUPPORT
- Karl campaigns to ensure that Lincoln remains a business-friendly City and leverages its position as a UK-leading science, innovation and engineering centre. This includes world-leading companies such as Siemens, Bifrangi and Inzpire
- He has supported crucial business developments such as the creation of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park to create a world-class environment for science, research and innovation in the City. This had an extra £3.4 million of Government support being earmarked for Phase Two of its development which is due to be completed in early 2022
- Karl always advocates local employment programmes to help people into work and also Apprenticeships and other related skills schemes. He has run many successful job fairs and recently opened the 2021 Greater Lincolnshire LEP online Jobs Fair too
- Even before Karl was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Lincoln he was at the forefront of the successful campaign to keep the Bailgate Post Office open.
- Karl has lobbied the Conservative Government for more investment in the City’s flood defences and with £6 million in funding for the Lincoln Flood Defences Project, this will maintain the existing standard of flood-risk protection for around 4,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln. All work is due to finish in the summer of 2021
- He also continues to raise concerns about the environmental (including flooding), increased traffic congestion and infrastructure impact (especially schools and health service) of the Labour City Council’s Western Growth Corridor (Swanpool) scheme, which includes over 3,000 houses. He will continue to hold the City Council to account on this issue.
ROYAL AIR FORCE
Karl always supports the Royal Air Force and the Armed Forces more widely – especially RAF Waddington which is in his constituency.
Alongside Sir Edward Leigh MP, he campaigned to ensure that the Red Arrows base remains in Lincolnshire, with the world-famous air display team due to transfer from RAF Scampton to RAF Waddington in 2022.