Lincoln granted funding for new bus station

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A new bus station and 1,000 space car park is to be built in Lincoln after the government committed to fund the project.

The £29m scheme aims to deliver transport upgrades which help people get around the city and is a key part of the government’s plan for transport. It is expected to create up to 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost worth £9m a year.

The investment is being made after the Transport Secretary approved plans for a new eastern bypass earlier this year.

There will also be improvements to Lincoln Central railway station and a pedestrianised plaza connecting the bus and railway stations.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “A new bus station, car park and upgraded railway station will be a huge benefit to people who live and work in Lincoln, and those who visit the city.
“Better transport facilities don’t just help people get around, they help them get on – connecting them to jobs, opportunities and helping deliver economic growth.

“The current bus station is not good enough for 21st century Lincoln – and the lack of a major city centre car park is holding back local businesses.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) is providing £11m towards the project, with the City of Lincoln Council providing £16m and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £2m.

The £11m is being delivered under the Local Growth Fund – a £12bn fund to support a variety of projects including transport schemes, new housing and improving education. The council is expected to start the building work within weeks.

As part of the upgrade, the new bus station will provide live travel information for both bus and rail passengers.

The new eastern bypass will link the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road.