Work to connect the A1 to the B1174 will start in September.
The scheme’s second phase, which is expected to take two years to construct, will see a bridged junction / underpass built connecting the A1 with the B1174 relief road roundabout built in 2016.
Traffic management planned for the scheme is as follows:
- Lane closures on the A1, between the A607 and Little Ponton junctions, from 8pm to 6am starting in early September for a month to allow for widening works.
- A 50mph enforced speed restriction will also be implemented at this time and will remain in place for the remainder of the scheme.
- Northbound traffic will be moved to the southbound carriageway, and southbound traffic will be moved to the newly-constructed widened section of carriageway from early November for seven months.
- This work will allow half of the new bridged junction to be built.
- Following completion of the first half of the new bridged junction, the A1 will be moved onto it to allow for the second half to be constructed over eight months. During this time, the A1 will continue to run on four lanes.
- Additional lane and carriageway closures will be required throughout the course of the project to allow for critical construction operations to be carried out safely. Date and details of these closures will be announced once dates have been confirmed.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “It’s taken some time to get here, but we’re now less than a month away from getting the next phase of this huge project underway.
“Over the past two months, Galliford Try has been working hard on site sorting out the logistical essentials for carrying out a scheme this size, including constructing a site compound, setting up storage areas for materials and building up a site team.
“When building any piece of new infrastructure, there will inevitably be some disruption. But all of those involved in the project, including the county council, Highways England and Galliford Try, will be doing everything they can to keep it to an absolute minimum.
“Once work starts on the A1, we ask that those affected to remain patient and remember that any short-term disruption will be well worth it in the end once the relief road is built.”
The Grantham Southern Relief Road project is being led by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Highways England, Department for Transport, Network Rail, Homes England and local businesses.
For the latest news on the Grantham Southern Relief Road, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects
Grantham Southern Relief Road
The Grantham Southern Relief Road (GSRR) is a 3.5km road designed to improve Grantham’s infrastructure, enable economic growth and improve journey times for traffic travelling east to west, north to south and vice versa by linking the A52 at Somerby Hill to the A1.
The relief road will be built in three phases:
- Phase One saw the creation of a roundabout off the B1174 and a road along Tollmache Road leading to a second new roundabout. Works were carried out by Fitzgerald Civil Engineering and were completed in August 2016.
- Phase Two will join the B1174 to the A1 trunk road via a grade-separated junction. Work is expected to begin during summer 2019 following the scheme’s legal orders being approved by Central Government.
- Phase Three will link the A52 at Somerby Hill to the new roundabout off the B1174, crossing the Witham Valley, the East Coast railway line and the River Witham by means of a viaduct/bridge to be constructed. Archaeological site works are now complete.
The project is being led by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP (GLEP), Homes England and local businesses, as well as Highways England, DfT and Network Rail.
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Aims and benefits
- Reduce congestion, disruption and unplanned delays within Grantham Town Centre by improving connectivity and attracting a significant volume of traffic, particularly HGVs and other strategic through traffic
- Create a safer, more attractive and assessable town centre environment
- Provide opportunities for growth, including new homes, employment opportunities and community facilities
- Improve the quality of life for Grantham residents, workers and shoppers by reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution in the town centre.
Cost and funding
The relief road will cost in the region of £102 million with £33m coming from grant funding, including a Local Transport Board grant of £11.9m; a Single Local Growth Fund grant of £16.1m; and a Highways England Growth and Housing Fund grant of £5m.
The balance of funding is due to be covered from a combination of developer contributions, which will be forward funded by Lincolnshire County Council, and county council funding.
Planning permission and public consultation
Planning permission for the GSRR has been granted in respect of the whole of the Scheme consistent with the phasing as set out above. Planning permission for Phase 1 and 2 was granted on 18th August 2010 and Phase 3 planning permission on 27th November 2013: the phase 2 permission was reassessed on 29th January 2016 with a revised permission being granted on 27th May 2016.
Legal Orders for Phases Two and Three were officially approved by the Secretary of State in March 2019.
*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependant on external factors.