Press release

Boost to Lincolnshire economy as ceremony marks beginning of A160 / A180 major improvement scheme

The official start of works ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement scheme will take place today (27 March).

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Officials from the Highways Agency, which from 1 April will become Highways England, will be joined by local councillors and contractors to mark the start of work on Friday 27 March with a sod cutting ceremony at the Habrough Road construction site.

The £88.4m project aims to provide better access to the port and the surrounding area, stimulating growth and unlocking economic benefits.

Highways Agency Project Manager Ben Ridgeon said:

We are delighted to be able to mark the official start of work today. This is a significant route which is important for so many people and for the growth of the region. Early works have already commenced, by agreement, to clear vegetation from the site and main works are due to commence on 20 April.

The A160/A180 Port of Immingham project will upgrade the existing single carriageway section of the A160 to dual carriageway, and improve junctions along the route. Once completed, traffic congestion will be reduced, journey times will become more reliable, safety will be improved for road users and the local community, and there will be better access to the Port of Immingham and the surrounding area.

The first phase of work on the scheme will include topsoil stripping, archaeological investigation and diversions of statutory authorities’ assets. Drivers will be affected from late April for the main works and further details will be released next month. This project is anticipated to take around sixteen months to complete.

The project is situated close to Grimsby in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, and will improve the A160 between the junction with the A180 at Brocklesby interchange and the Port. This is a key strategic route which currently experiences congestion, particularly along the single carriageway section, due to the very high proportion of heavy goods vehicles.

To stay up to date with the latest developments, visit the Highways Agency’s website where you can register to be kept informed about the news on the scheme.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 27 March 2015