Essential maintenance and improvement works will be starting on Monday 4 March on Moody and Woad Lane, two vital access routes to key employment sites in Grimsby.
The project has been supported with £2.6m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, with the council and Network Rail jointly contributing £0.5m.
The scheme will have a number of benefits for those working in these areas: local travel to work times will be improved; and options for safe, sustainable travel by cycling and walking will be increased.
Following a competitive tender process CR Reynolds Ltd has been awarded the construction contract.
The scheme starts on site on Monday 4 March and is expected to take 10 months to complete.
The works include reconstruction and resurfacing to improve the conditions of the road and footpaths along Moody Lane and Woad Lane. An off road shared footway/cycleway will be created between Gilbey Road roundabout and Woad Lane to link to the existing footway/cycleways at Estate Road 1 and Gilbey Road.
To make sure these works are carried out as safely and efficiently as possible, they will be carried out under sectional road closures in four different phases over the next 10 months. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained:
- Woad Lane – Allington Drive to Laforey Road
- Woad Lane – Laforey Road to Moody Lane
- Moody Lane – Woad Lane junction to Gilbey Road roundabout
- Moody Lane – east from Gilbey Road roundabout to Westgate roundabout
Advanced warning signs and a signed diversion route will be in place during the closures to inform residents, businesses and road users of the works.
During the works access will be maintained to properties and businesses. Depending on the phasing of the works access may be via diversion routes which will be signposted appropriate to each phase.
North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these improvement works.
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.”
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.”
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.”