£10m funding bid launched for roads projects in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 19 Jul 2017

Funding worth almost £10 million is being sought by North Lincolnshire Council from the Government to carry out two highways schemes in the region.

The authority is bidding for the cash to enable a project to build a new railway bridge on the A18 at Melton Ross to go ahead and to provide infrastructure access to potential new housing sites in Brigg.

The council has bid for £7.09 million for the scheme at Melton Ross, which is set to cost a total of £10.2 million. Of the remainder, £1.75 million is to be provided by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and £1.36 million by the council.

The project, which would also include constructing roads linking the bridge to the A18, aims to address issues previously experienced with the existing bridge and improve journeys for all road users, as well as improving access to Humberside Airport.

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The Brigg scheme is worth a total of £3.575 million, of which the authority has bid for £2.7 million. it will provide the remainder of the funding.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "If the bids are successful we will be able to progress with constructing a new much-needed railway bridge for the A18 at Melton Ross.

"Over the past few years, repair works have been carried out on the existing bridge as a temporary measure, which has caused disruption for road users. A new bridge is a long-term solution and would improve road users’ journeys.

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"This funding from the Government would also help us improve the infrastructure and enable the building of more homes in Brigg.

"We expect to hear from the Department of Transport later in this year as to whether we have been successful with our bids.

"The funding would open up more opportunities in North Lincolnshire, help create jobs and support our growth agenda."

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