Brigg

Council launches £10m funding bid for roads improvements in North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Council has submitted two bids worth almost £10 million for roads improvements in the area.

The council is seeking £7.09 million for a new railway bridge at the A18 Melton Ross, plus a further £2.7 million to provide access to potential housing sites in Brigg.

The Melton Ross scheme has an overall cost of £10.2 million and would see the construction of the bridge and roads linking it to the A18.

Motorists would theoretically benefit from improved access to Humberside Airport and the scheme would address issues with the existing bridge.

Funding for the remainder of the project would be provided by the council itself (£1.36 million) and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (£1.75 million).

North Lincolnshire Council would also contribute the remaining £875,000 needed for the £3.575 million scheme in Brigg.

An announcement on whether the bids to the Department for Transport are successful is expected later this year.

Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Council leader Rob Waltham said: “If the bids are successful we will be able to progress with constructing a new much-needed railway bridge for the A18 Melton Ross.

“Over the past few years repair works have been carried out on the existing bridge as a temporary measure, which has caused disruption for road users.

“A new bridge is a long term solution and would improve road users’ journeys.

“This funding from the government would also help us improve the infrastructure and enable the building of more homes in Brigg.

“The funding would open up more opportunities in North Lincolnshire, help create jobs and support our growth agenda.”