£13.5 motorway junction plans tabled to open up South Bank development

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Sep 2017

WORK could start early next year on a new £13.5 million motorway junction on the M181 near Scunthorpe after plans were tabled by Highways England.

The proposed scheme at Burringham marks a boost for the £1.2 billion Lincolnshire Lakes project, which is set to see more than 6,000 homes built in five new villages to the west of Scunthorpe.

The Lakes project is also set to include a new stadium for Scunthorpe United, a school and various business and leisure opportunities and the motorway junction is seen as key to providing access to the development.

The new junction will take the form of a roundabout, constructed on the dual-lane motorway - one of the shortest stretches in Britain - on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, around a mile from where it meets the M180. 

A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency confirmed the improvements were for the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme.

She added: “We have carried out detailed designs for the new junction and a planning application has been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.

“Providing the application is approved, we expect work to start in early 2018 and last for around a year at a cost in the region of around £13.5 million.”

The motorway scheme was made possible by an award of £8.6 million in Government investment from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund, which was announced last year.

The remainder of the funding is set to come from the council, using developer contributions from the overall lakes project.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: “It is partly from the £8 million that came in from the Government to improve local transport infrastructure for us.

“It is important that we get this roundabout in place before any major house-building takes place.

“It will improve access, particularly for residents in parts of Scunthorpe, Bottesford and Messingham, to the M181.

“It has got to go through the planning process now but it would open up opportunities for investment and development in the area.”

In its submisison the Agency state”It is considered that the scheme will play a vital enabling role in the future development of the Lincolnshire Lakes, and will therefore facilitate the creation of valuable housing, jobs, and recreational space in the Scunthorpe area.  “The wider development of the Lincolnshire Lakes is anticipated to deliver a range of benefits which are economic, social and environmental in nature.

While short, the M181 is a vital artery, with major food cold storage operations and Nisa operating north of the town, and using it to reach the rest of the UK, as well as Clugston's growing Distribution business.

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