Statement on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass

“Over recent weeks and months, there has been a great deal of concern in Lincoln and some areas of the County that Lincolnshire County Council’s need to seek revised statutory orders for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will put at risk the £49.95m funding which the DfT has provisionally approved for the Scheme.  There is no argument against the fact that the City and County, if not the region, needs this Bypass.

“I have reflected those concerns continually in the numerous representations I have made to all Transport Ministers, including the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP and their senior officials, as well as all their colleagues in the Treasury.

“In response to those representations, I have this week received a letter from the Secretary of State happily confirming that provision has been made to secure and “ring fence” this funding within the DfT’s spending plans for the remainder of the current local authority major schemes programme.  This, as has been pointed out to me by the Treasury, is extremely good news all round when taken in conjunction with the information below.

"I have also taken every opportunity to raise with both the Secretary of State and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the possibility of securing Central Government support for a dual carriageway solution to the Lincoln Eastern Bypass. Everyone locally knows that the Eastern Bypass has been on the cards for nearly a century. In the 21st century this Bypass should really be a dual carriageway.

“I am delighted to have now received an assurance from my colleague the Rt. Hon. Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin MP that, if, with the support of the County Council, there were to be a future bid from Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership for a dual carriageway, the Government would, in principle, support such a Scheme. This would, of course, be subject to the DfT complying with all statutory processes and procedures.

“I am delighted by this commitment from our Conservative led Government and excited by the potential benefits a dualled Lincoln Eastern Bypass would bring to our City and County. To this end, I have now invited my Lincolnshire colleagues, senior elected representatives and Officers of the various local authorities to meet as a matter of urgency with LEP representatives to discuss how we may support a future LEP bid for a dualled Eastern Bypass.”

In late January 2015 Karl McCartney MP will be hosting a Transport Seminar to discuss Lincoln and Lincolnshire’s infrastructure: Road, Rail, Emergency Routes, Parking and a suitable Park and Ride system will all be subjects of discussion at the event.

 

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Karl McCartney MP is available for pre-recorded interviews both today and during the course of the week. For more information, please contact:karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.