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Works on phase 1 of a three stage programme of road and cycle improvements in North East Lincolnshire will start soon, thanks to a contribution of more than £2m  from  the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The Humber LEP’s Board approved the funding, which was secured by the LEP through its Growth Deals with Government.

The scheme will address capacity constraints for traffic accessing this route into the Port of Grimsby as well as the approach into Grimsby and Cleethorpes town centres. It will unlock development of a proposed Enterprise Zone site and secure further investment and economic growth for the area.

This £2.6m scheme will specifically address essential improvements to Moody Lane and Woad Lane which are key industrial roads connecting directly with the A180 and leading to important employment sites.

There is expected to be an increase in heavy duty haulage vehicles accessing both of these roads via the new link road, as this will offer a more direct route to the employment sites between Immingham and Grimsby Ports than the A180 currently does.

The scheme will have a number of benefits for those working in these areas as travel to work times will be improved and options for safe, sustainable travel by cycling and walking will be increased.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said:

“High quality transport links are crucial to the further economic development of this area and particularly relevant to the many logistics companies based around the port as well as other port related industries like the off-shore wind sector.

“It is critical to this industrial area to enable future investment and growth and ensure the roads are fit for purpose for the increased traffic and commercial development expected once the new Humber link road system is operational.

“I am delighted that the Humber’s Local Growth Fund allocation that we have secured from Government is supporting the strengthening of the Humber’s transport infrastructure in this way.

“Through the Government’s Growth Deals and support for the Northern Powerhouse we have been able to combat some of the challenges faced by our region and invest in the infrastructure that our region needs to be better connected and pursue new opportunities for growth.”

Cllr Peter Wheatley, Cabinet member for regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council said:

“This is an important scheme for Grimsby to make sure that the network can deal with the projected traffic growth in that area.

“We’re doing all we can to make sure that this industrial area is able to grow and support our key logistics industries, whilst at the same time supporting more sustainable transport options.”

Jake Berry, Local Growth Minister added:

“This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building an economy which is fit for the future.

“Transforming transport infrastructure so communities are better connected is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy which is why I’m pleased to see this £2.1m investment from the Local Growth Fund to improve people’s journeys in North East Lincolnshire as industry in the area grows.”