Next step for major £200m North Hykeham Relief Road

Lincolnshire County Council has reached the next step towards the North Hykeham Relief Road, calling it the next “link in the chain” around Lincoln. The project aims to provide a new road linking the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, which opened in December 2020, with the Lincoln Western Bypass, creating a complete ring road around the city.

After receiving full planning approval for the scheme from its own Planning & Regulation Committee in May, executive councillors have unanimously agreed to proceed with a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and a Side Roads Order (SRO). According to council documents, the “most likely cost” of the scheme is estimated at £193.9 million, with a range of £180.4 million to £208.2 million.

The funding comprises just over £110 million from the Department for Transport, just under £74 million from Lincolnshire County Council, and £10 million from developer contributions. Construction of the relief road is expected to start in late 2025 and to be open by late 2028.

The CPOs will enable the council to acquire land and any other areas that are not within its ownership or control, allowing the necessary works to be carried out. Meanwhile, the SROs will permit the council to work on existing highways and private access roads necessary for the development.

The land and new rights proposed to be acquired under the CPOs cover an area of 191 hectares and involve approximately 60 separate freehold/leasehold ownerships. The majority of the land is in the freehold ownership of about 20 individuals or companies, with some of the land occupied by agricultural tenants.

Councillor Richard Davies, Portfolio Holder for Highways
Councillor Richard Davies, Portfolio Holder for Highways

During Tuesday’s Executive meeting, Councillor Richard Davies (Conservative), Portfolio Holder for Highways, said: “The Side Roads and Compulsory Order report in front of you is to give us as an authority permission to advance to the next stage of designing, delivering and developing North Hykeham Relief Road.

“As colleagues will be aware, having discussed this before in terms of finance, we have agreed to build this road already and this is a slightly procedural paper that enables us to go to the Department of Transport to set up the roads order but also take ownership of particular plots of lands we need to acquire.”

The councillor later praised the project, highlighting how it intends to alleviate challenges surrounding Lincolnshire’s transport network. He continued: “I’m very pleased to see it coming forward after the success of delivering the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, the next link in the chain.”

Councillor Colin Davie (Conservative), Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Environment & Planning, also supported the scheme. He added: “This is not just a great scheme for local people but the interconnectivity is critical for the Lincolnshire economy.”

Leader of the Council, Martin Hill (Conservative), later noted the positive progress being made, stating that things have gone “very smoothly” so far.

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