Major works to start on £5.7 million road improvement project between Skegness and Ingoldmells

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Work is set to get under way on a £5.7 million project to improve roads, footpaths and cycle paths between Skegness and Ingoldmells.

The initiative has received £4 million of funding from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and will start later this year.

The three year Go Skegness project will incorporate improvements along the A52 and at junctions and congestion hotspots, as well as improvements to bus lanes, footpaths and cycle paths.

Work planned for 2016-17 includes:

* Bus lane extension on the A52 to link the two existing sections

* Continuous path and cycle path from Butlins to Skegness

* Two improved bus stops on Lumley Road, Skegness

* Extension to bus layby on Roman Bank near Sea Lane junction, Ingoldmells

* Gibraltar Point foot and cycle path improvements

Executive member for highways and transportation Coun Richard Davies said: “It is fantastic news that this funding bid has proved successful, enabling us to improve the main route to the coast and support our local bus operators. During summer months the population along the East Coast increases ten-fold resulting in significantly more traffic in this popular holiday hot spot. It is clear that something needs to be done to alleviate congestion in this area at the same time as establishing sustainable transport options to relieve pressure on the roads. Go Skegness will go a long way in helping to achieve this aim.”

Work will take place out of season to alleviate disruption to motorists. Ahead of the work starting, a drop-in information session will take place at The Store House in Skegness on April 21 between 2-7pm. There will be county council officers and councillors on hand to answer questions and explain more about this important project.

The successful Greater Lincolnshire LEP Growth Deal bid means Go Skegness can address these highways issues and at the same time support the coastal economy by unlocking potential growth and promoting sustainable transport opportunities.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, added: “Tourism is booming on the east coast, and these improvements should help ensure that this upwards trend continues for the foreseeable future. Tourism is a cornerstone of the Lincolnshire economy, bringing in £1 billion a year, so the benefits of these works will be felt countywide. And hopefully this project will help attract other investment to the area, taking it to new heights.”

The project follows £200,000 of work undertaken last month to the layby near Butlins, the junction of the A52 and Roman Bank in Ingoldmells and the A52 at Winthorpe.