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Land deals for Spalding Western Relief Road yet to be signed as summer work is planned

Highways bosses are trying to tie up legal agreements needed to be able to carry on with the next phase of Spalding’s new relief road.

Lincolnshire County Council says that it will carry out the main work on the northern section of the ‘western relief road’ this summer.

It does not yet have all of the legal deals it needs in place - but it is thought that these should be a formality.

The state of play at the Spalding Western Relief Road development site. (47486640)
The state of play at the Spalding Western Relief Road development site. (47486640)

Once secured, work will be able to begin a few weeks later.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We’re currently finalising land agreements and hope to have these agreed in the next few weeks.

“Once they’re finalised, Eurovia will start main construction works shortly after.

“Sometimes this sort of thing takes longer than planned, but we expect to have it all finalised soon, with works underway this summer.”

Preparatory work on this section - which will run from Spalding Road to the Vernatt’s Drain and form part of an eventual bypass - is mostly finished, with vegetation now cleared and a construction road built.

The initial work will begin away from Spalding Road in the summer and should take until the late autumn.

Dates for the work will be confirmed once land agreements are signed.

Also, as part of the project, the current Two Plank Footbridge will be taken down and replaced with a ‘more substantial bridge’.

The new footbridge and drainage works will also begin in the summer - and a bridge will also be built over the railway line.

This section of the road will connect to Spalding Road via a five-way roundabout and end at a T junction next to the Vernatt’s Drain, ready to join up to the rest of the route.

The plan is to have a road that runs to Spalding Common and eases congestion on routes such as Pinchbeck Road.

The scheme was awarded £12 million from the Government’s housing infrastructure fund.

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