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The A180 South Humber Bank Improvement Scheme is Phase 1 of a three stage programme of road and cycle improvements to the A180 in Grimsby and its link roads. This £2.6m scheme has been supported with £2,094,688 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and will specifically address essential improvements to Moody Lane and Woad Lane which are key industrial roads connecting directly with the A180; leading to important employment sites.

This phase of work is delivering essential maintenance to two key industrial roads directly linked to A180in Grimsby: Moody Lane and Woad Lane, with the aim of increasing sustainable travel options for cyclists and pedestrians, within key employment zones.

The scheme will address capacity constraints for traffic accessing this strategic route into the offshore wind, ports and logistics and seafood processing industries based in the Port of Grimsby as well as the approach into Grimsby and Cleethorpes town centres. It will enhance vehicular access to the Port of Grimsby and secure further investment and economic growth for the area.

Both Moody Lane and Woad Lane lead to important employment sites in Grimsby and provide access to the Port of Grimsby. Both routes link to the junction of the planned new industrial link road – the Humber Link Road.  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 new shared use cycle/footway will complete the off-road routes for cyclists travelling through to the Immingham industrial area; unlocking the development of a proposed Enterprise Zone site and in turn helping to secure further investment and economic growth for the area, which is critical in ensuring that the roads are fit for purpose for the increased traffic and commercial development expected once the new Humber link road system is operational.

Construction started on site in March 2019 and is expected to be complete by January 2020. Street lighting has been upgraded along the entire route and in some cases relocated to accommodate the shared use cycleway/footway. As the scheme is a crucial link road from the A180 to local and national business and industry the scheme has been split into four phases to ensure that access for businesses and residents is maintained at all times. Phase one which includes the section of Woad Lane between Allington Drive and Laforey Road is currently underway. The carriageway has been reconstructed and is in the process of being resurfaced. The existing footway is being widened and resurfaced to accommodate the shared use cycleway/footway.

Phase two includes Woad Lane between Laforey Road and Moody Lane. Again this will include carriageway resurfacing and widening of the existing footway to accommodate the shared use cycleway/footway, and junction realignment at Estate Road 1. Tactile paving will be added to crossing points along the route.

The extents of Phase three are along Moody Lane, from the junction with Woad Lane to the junction at Gilbey Road. Works will include carriageway resurfacing, the removal of the cycleway from the carriageway, addition of the cycleway to the existing footway to create a shared use area. Disused rail tracks in this location will be removed along with rail signals.

Phase four will incorporate Moody Lane between the junction of Gilbey Road and the Westgate roundabout on the A180. Works will include carriageway resurfacing, resurfacing of the existing shared use cycleway/footway and placing of tactile paving at crossing points. The central island at Gilbey Road junction is to be removed and reinstated.