A new bus station and 1,000 space car park will be built in Lincoln helping to deliver jobs, growth and opportunity, after the government committed to fund the project.
The £29 million scheme will help improve city centre journeys for people living, working or visiting the town and deliver a boost to the economy.
Delivering transport upgrades that help people get around and get on is a key part of the government’s plan for transport. The scheme is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the city, and deliver an economic boost worth £9 million a year.
The major investment is being made after the Transport Secretary approved plans for a new eastern bypass earlier this year. The council is now working to secure funding and make the plans a reality.
There will also be improvements to Lincoln Central railway station and a pedestrianised plaza connecting the bus and rail 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 £11 million towards the project, with the City of Lincoln Council providing £16 million and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £2 million.
The £11 million is being delivered under the Local Growth Fund - a £12 billion fund to support a variety of projects including transport schemes, new housing and improving education.
The council is expected to start building work within weeks.
As part of the upgrade, the new bus station will provide live travel information for both bus and rail passengers, while the 1,000 space multi-storey will have up to 32 electric vehicle charging points to power the next generation of vehicles.
There will also be cycle lanes and traffic calming measures installed.
The new eastern bypass will link the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road.