New £13.5m roundabout to ease traffic congestion in Scunthorpe and open up Lincolnshire Lakes land moves a step closer

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Nov 2018

New plans have been tabled for a new roundabout which could ease congestion at one of Scunthorpe's biggest traffic hotspots and kick-start the huge Lincolnshire Lakes development.

The roundabout is to be constructed to access the B1450 Burringham Road from the M181, opening up land earmarked for thousands of new homes, businesses and community facilities and taking some traffic away from the Berkeley Circle junction.

A new roundabout is set for the M181 near Scunthorpe 

The £13.5 million Highways England scheme, which includes £8 million committed by the Government, was first submitted to planners at North Lincolnshire Council in August last year.

The agency confirmed in November last year that it remained committed to the project and now, new plans have been formally put forward which include using an existing overbridge as a pedestrian route.

The new junction is seen as key to the £1.2 billion Lakes development, which is to see the construction of more than 6,000 homes by creating six villages in waterside settings on land between Scunthorpe and the River Trent.

Speaking after the new planning application was submitted for the roundabout, North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "It is brilliant news that things are starting to move forward.

"The roundabout is the key to the development but also, to solving some of Scunthorpe's traffic problems."

The junction project is being brought forward by Highways England and developer Maltgrade.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham (Image: Scunthorpe Telegraph)

Mr Waltham said he hoped work could begin on building the roundabout in spring, subject to planning permission being granted.

Mr Waltham said: "The next step will be the developer putting out a tender, which should come back early in the new year and work could start in April.

"This is a major roundabout and Highways England has committed £8 million towards it..

"It would take thousands of cars away from Berkeley Circle in Scunthorpe because people from Ashby, Bottesford, Scotter and Messingham will get on there and it is also effectively a Burringham bypass.

"We are expecting a housing application as the first phase of the Lincolnshire Lakes to follow in the next month or so as well, which will start to enable some of the housing development too.

"We made two promises, firstly to make sure the infrastructure is in place around flooding and that work is now well underway. This is the next stage.

"What we didn't want to happen was for there to be a lot more houses and local road infrastructure to be burdened.

"This is us fulfilling our promise that the infrastructure will be in place before thousands of houses start getting delivered."

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