Residents and shoppers in North Hykeham have high hopes that a new relief road will “take the pressure off” the “awful” traffic in the area. The North Hykeham Relief Road (NHRR) project would see a five-mile-long dual-carriageway built, linking the A46 Pennells Roundabout to the newly-constructed Lincoln Eastern Bypass.
The project would see the final section of Lincoln’s ring road built. A unanimous vote has been cast in support of submitting a planning application for the North Hykeham Relief Road project to go to a key decision at an Executive meeting on October 3, 2023.
A meeting of Lincolnshire County Council‘s (LCC) Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee was held on Monday, September 11, where members showed their support for the plans. People living and working in the area expressed the “nightmare” of rush-hour traffic, especially when there are accidents that close the roads.
Lynda Swift, of Hykeham Road, said: “There’s always a queue in the morning into town at some point or another, clogging up the Brant Road junction… they could go all the way up to the other side of town. But this ring road will take anybody doing that, so they don’t have to do that then,” said husband Anthony.
He added: “A lot of traffic goes up to Pennells roundabout, and going East on the A46, it snarls up there every morning because that’s the only way the traffic can go to avoid the city, so the new bypass will take the pressure off.”
Margaret De Roussier, who lives off Doddington Road, said: “I think the whole of Lincoln will benefit, not just this area. It’s been a long time coming, but hopefully it will improve things for people – I can’t think of any negatives for this area.
“I’m still driving, but I’m thinking of giving up. It’s terrible at the minute, you get one thing happening like the work on Skellingthorpe Road and it just seems to snarl everything up.”
Elaine Marshall said: “Hopefully it will take a little bit of the heavy traffic out of this area and move it on the outskirts.” Lee Hudson, who moved here from Liverpool 15 years ago, said: “The traffic in Lincoln is awful. For a city, there’s no infrastructure of roads, so sometimes it can take me an hour to get down to Moorland/Station Road.
“I was here in 1996 with the Air Force, so I know what the roads were like before. It’s getting better, but they should have done this 15-20 years ago and should have done it all at the same time instead of little bits at a time.”
Keith Mumby said he often has to battle through traffic to visit his daughter in Boston. He said: “We live near the Pennells roundabout and we can’t wait for it to take some of the pressure off the main road here.
“We struggle to get out of my drive at the moment, when the roundabout’s all chock-a in the morning. There’s too much traffic – the sooner they build it the better.”
Young mum Sophie Millington said: “It gets very congested, no matter which way you go around Hykeham, it’s always congested even trying to get in or out until 7pm at night. As soon as there’s an accident on the bypass everyone comes through Hykeham because it’s the only way to go.
“So hopefully with having the North Hykeham Relief Road it should make life around here a lot easier.” Katie Childs, who owns Family Tree Pets on The Forum, said: “I’m not looking forward to when they do it, but I do feel it will be worth it.
“The traffic is awful at the minute. The worst bit leaving here is the bit going up to where the Windmill is, which gets rammed, but it’s the only bit of single carriageway isn’t it? There’s roadworks everywhere at the moment as well, so it’s a pain.”
She added: “For what it is, to be a solution, there’s got to be something that goes on beforehand. Short-term pain for long-term gain.
“From the Damon’s to Skellingthorpe area it’s single-lanes, and as soon as that gets congested it backs it up everywhere else, and that then causes people to drive through this way, or through Birchwood to use it as a cut-through.”
County Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “The report being shared with the committee offers a thorough overview of this massive infrastructure project and how it’s evolved since March 2022—when we appointed Balfour Beatty as scheme contractor.”
Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, added: “If taken forward, the new relief road would form the final section of a complete ring road around Lincoln, making it much easier for people to get around the area.”
It is hoped work will start in November 2025, with the road expected to cost between £180 million and £208 million—down £4 million from the original £212 million estimate.