Karl meets with Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement to press Lincoln’s case for dualling the Lincoln Eastern Bypass

This week, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney MP, met with Rt Hon George Osborne MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to impress on him the need for the Conservative-led Government to continue investing in the transport infrastructure of his City of Lincoln Constituency and the County of Lincolnshire, in particular the £96m Lincoln Eastern Bypass.


Karl McCartney MP said: “I was delighted with the Chancellor’s response to the arguments I put to him in favour of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, and indeed the additional argument that investing more in dualling the new road now would be an infrastructure investment well worth making as our City expands and goes from strength to strength economically.


“I told the Chancellor Mr Osborne that virtually everyone in our City and County believes that the Eastern Bypass should be dualled now, rather than in stages potentially over the next 50 years, with the cost differential being well worth the investment now rather than later. No one wants the LEP or others having to scrabble around for local funding to dual bits of Bypass as Lincolnshire County Council have been doing (to their credit) with regard to our Western Bypass since it was built 20 years ago.


“The Chancellor listened very carefully and was left in no doubt that, particularly given the delay we are now experiencing, the Eastern Bypass needs to be built in any form.  I also let him and his colleagues know that any approval for dualling the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will be hugely welcomed. I shall, of course, continue to press our case in this regard to my colleagues in our Conservative-led Government from the Chancellor of the Exchequer down.”


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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.