£2.6m South Bank improvement of employment site access works begin

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Mar 2019

Access improvements to major employment sites in Grimsby is underway.

Today has seen a 10 month programme worth £2.6 million begin, linking the town better with Great Grimsby Business Park, Pyewipe, the northern element of South Humberside Industrial Estate and the western access to the town's port.

The works include reconstruction and resurfacing to improve the conditions of the road and footpaths along Moody Lane and Woad Lane, key A180 cross-overs to the South Humber Bank.  

An off road shared footway/cycleway will be created between Gilbey Road roundabout and Woad Lane to link to the existing footway/cycleways at Estate Road One and Gilbey Road.

Improved local travel times and better options for safe sustainable travel by cycle and foot are promised.

Cllr Peter Wheatley, pictured, Cabinet member for regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “This is an important scheme for Grimsby to make sure that the network can deal with the projected traffic growth in that area.

“We’re doing all we can to make sure that this industrial area is able to grow and support our key logistics industries, whilst at the same time supporting more sustainable transport options.”

Read more: Council approves £2.6m improvement plan for two roads as part of A180 upgrade

The project has been supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, with the council and Network Rail jointly contributing a further £500,000.

Following a competitive tender process, Hessle-headquartered CR Reynolds Ltd has been awarded the construction contract.

During the works access will be maintained to properties and businesses. Depending on the phasing of the works access may be via diversion routes which will be signposted appropriate to each phase. 

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP said: “High quality transport links are crucial to the further economic development of this area and particularly relevant to the many logistics companies based around the port as well as other port-related industries like the offshore wind sector.

"It is critical to this industrial area to enable future investment and growth and ensure the roads are fit for purpose for the increased traffic and commercial development expected once the new Humber link road system is operational.

“I am delighted that the Humber’s local Growth Fund allocation that we have secured from Government is supporting the strengthening of the Humber’s transport infrastructure in this way.

“Through the Government’s Growth Deals and support for the Northern Powerhouse we have been able to combat some of the challenges faced by our region and invest in the infrastructure that our region needs to be better connected and pursue new opportunities for growth.”  

Read more: South Bank railfreight link to be explored after funding win

Work will be carried out under sectional road closures in four different phases over the next 10 months. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained on: 

  • Woad Lane – Allington Drive to Laforey Road
  • Woad Lane – Laforey Road to Moody Lane
  • Moody Lane – Woad Lane junction to Gilbey Road roundabout
  • Moody Lane – east from Gilbey Road roundabout to Westgate roundabout

Advanced warning signs and a signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures to inform residents, businesses and road users of the works.

Jake Berry, Local Growth Minister added: “This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building an economy which is fit for the future.

“Transforming transport infrastructure so communities are better connected is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy which is why I’m pleased to see this £2.1m investment from the Local Growth Fund to improve people’s journeys in North East Lincolnshire as industry in the area grows.”

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