Major £13.5m Scunthorpe gateway scheme given the go-ahead
The new junction will link the M181 with the B1450 Burringham Road. Inset, plans for the new junction, which would serve the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes development.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2019
A major £13.5 million scheme aimed at opening up land for development and relieving traffic congestion at one of Scunthorpe's busiest junctions has been given the go-ahead.
A new junction will be created on the M181 to link the road with the B1450 Burringham Road and forms part of the infrastructure works in support of the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes project to create thousands of homes on land between Scunthorpe and the River Trent.
It also aims to redirect traffic away from the busy Berkeley Circle junction, which links Doncaster Road with Kingsway and Scotter Road.
Led by Government agency Highways England - which has committed £8 million towards the scheme - and developer Maltgrade, the new junction was given the green light by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee yesterday and represents the largest single highways investment in North Lincolnshire in a generation.
Once completed, the current M181 motorway will terminate at the new junction and the remaining road will be de-trunked and become an extension of the A1077.
The site for the new junction on the M181 near Scunthorpe
This road will continue to the retail parks and Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park, and become a bypass for Burringham village.
The committee voted to grant planning permission despite objections by both Burringham and Ashby Parklands Parish Councils, who wanted more clarity on the Burringham bypass before proceeding with the junction on the M181.
Objections also came from residents who are concerned about traffic levels on Burringham Road which could come from the new junction.
But after the meeting, council leader Rob Waltham said: "This approval is an important step towards improving this critical piece of infrastructure. The development of this area is a vital component in improving the North Lincolnshire economy.
"The conditions attached to the approval will make some important provision to reduce the impact on the Ashby Parkland area of the town. This is an important aspect about how the area is developed with consideration for existing communities.
"The Government is continuing to prove their commitment to our area with this £8 million investment. It enables homes to be built, construction jobs created and supports us to continue delivering our promise to improve the local infrastructure before any new development takes place.
The M181 will terminate at the new junction under the plans, with the remainder of the existing motorway becoming an extension of the A1077
"This includes the progress on the Trent flood defences and also the road infrastructure around the area. This massive business and Government investment locally will enable our residents to be able to access better paid, high-skilled jobs across the region."
Among those at the meeting who were against the proposal was James North, of Burringham Road.
He said: "I have a young family and I am already concerned about the level of traffic at all times of the day.
"This proposal would be crippling for the road and roundabout. How would it cope?"
Josh Walshe, another resident, said: "This could blight the lives of residents. If it goes ahead, it needs improved signage and a traffic management plan. Without it, I have severe reservations."
And the council's Labour group leader, Councillor Len Foster, said: "I have great concerns. I want the Lincolnshire Lakes project to go ahead but have major reservations at this.
Plans for the new junction, which would serve the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes development (Image: Highways England)
"It would create an almighty rat run on the B1450."
But committee member Councillor John Davison said: "This is great news for the community. It will prevent Burringham from being used as a rat run and will provide only positives for the community.
"It also represents significant investment in the area by Highways England, which is rare."
The £1.2billion Lincolnshire Lakes project would see 6,000 homes built in six new villages by waterside, as well as a range of new community facilities.
As well as opening up that land for development, council officials say the scheme will provide direct motorway access for residents in Ashby, Bottesford, Burringham, Yaddlethorpe and Messingham and take an estimated 20 minutes off commuter journeys to cities such as Leeds and Sheffield.