Date set for £8m South Humber road link work to start

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Dec 2018

WORK will start in the new year on the £8 million link road that will further open up the South Humber Bank’s strategic industrial development land.

Hot on the heels of the aviation fuel announcement for land off the approach to the long-sought connection between Grimsby and Stallingborough’s employment zones, a contractor has been appointed to construct the 1km new build and further enhancement of another 1.5km. 

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (SOON): Hobson Way, Stallingborough, where the new road will connect to Moody Lane, Grimsby, by mid-2020.

It is a key part of the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, a £42 million commitment to bring thousands of jobs to the area, maximising the location by the UK’s largest port.

Colas Siac Ltd, a West Sussex headquartered specialist will deliver the 16-month scheme. It has a significant operation in Grantham. The road is part-funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has contributed £2 million towards the scheme.

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Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry, a signatory to the Grimsby Town Deal, has endorsed it. He said: “The Government is committed to boosting economic growth and building a country that works for everyone. This £2m investment from the Local Growth Fund will help create new jobs by opening up access to a new enterprise zone and improving links between communities in the South Humber region.

“Supporting businesses by transforming transport infrastructure is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy - and this project is an example of it in action.”

The project will enhance the existing private road between Moody Lane and what will be known as Humber Gate Enterprise Park Junction, where the Courtaulds gatehouse still currently stands, to adoptable highway standards, then on to Hobson Way, Stallingborough. This means that it will come under the NELC maintenance framework and the upkeep for the road will be taken over by the local authority once constructed.

It will also introduce a shared footway and cycleway and other additional highways infrastructure, such as street lighting.

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Cllr Peter Wheatley, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The work on the South Humber programme is ramping up now. We have already done works on the cress marsh to mitigate some of the site development, and this new road will really change the way traffic moves between our ports of Grimsby and Immingham. Once complete the new road will open up a huge stretch of development land west of the town.”

During the construction period, there will be some traffic disruption to local businesses and the cycle path will be closed for a part of the programme. The project team is currently working with businesses to minimise the impact.

Work will start on the new road on January 21.

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