New £13.5m motorway junction on M181 near Scunthorpe set to be given green light

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Jan 2019

A new £13.5million junction on the M181 motorway is likely to be given the go-ahead after plans were recommended for approval.

The proposal would create a new junction connecting the B1450 Burringham Road to the motorway and forms part of the infrastructure works to support the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes project to create thousands of homes on land between Scunthorpe and the River Trent.

North Lincolnshire Council officers have recommended that the plans be approved by councillors at a planning meeting this week.

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.

The application to create the new junction is from Highways England, which says the proposal will help improve access to Scunthorpe and create new jobs.

The junction is likely to be approved this week (Image: Highways England)

A spokesperson for Highways England said: "We are planning to build a new junction on the M181 which will support the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

"It is funded as part of a ring-fenced budget that helps to pay for road improvements which help create jobs and housing around the country."

Read more: Plans could see 307 home 'garden village' built in Scunthorpe to complement Lincolnshire Lakes project

But objections have been lodged by both Burringham and Ashby Parklands Parish Councils.

Both councils said clarity is needed on the Burringham bypass before any progress can be made with the M181 junction.

An artist's impression of the Lincolnshire Lakes (Image: Lincolnshire Lakes)

Burringham Parish Council said "more information" was needed on the bypass and whether or not it would be in place before work begins.

The project comes after the Government granted £8.6 million worth of funding towards the junction back in 2016.

Read more: North Lincolnshire's economic ambition wows Westminster

Meanwhile, works for flood defences and the first lake of the Lincolnshire Lakes project began in late 2017.

It is hoped the new roundabout will also relieve traffic around the Berkley Circle roundabout at the junction of Scotter Road, Doncaster Road and Kingsway in Scunthorpe.

North Lincolnshire Council recently launched a review into that junction in an effort to tackle safety issues.

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