Work on a new £29m bus station for Lincoln, together with a 1,000 space car park with up to 32 electric vehicle charging points, is due to begin in weeks following investment from the Department for Transport (DfT).
DfT officials claim the scheme will create 200 jobs in the city and deliver a £9m annual boost the economy.
Designs for the new bus station. Image from DfT
Improvements to Lincoln Central railway station, a pedestrianised plaza connecting the bus and rail stations, new retail units, cycle lanes and traffic calming measures are also planned.
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 DfT is providing £11m towards the project, with the City of Lincoln Council providing £16m and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £2m.
Council Leader Ric Metcalfe said: ‘I know many people will be glad to see our current bus station demolished. A new facility is long overdue and will be able to cope with even more than the seven million passengers who use the bus in Lincoln each year.
‘We’ve received a huge amount of support for the hub scheme and I hope people will be patient while this vital work is underway.’ Construction on the transport hub is expected to last up to 18 months, with the new facilities open by January 2018.
Contractors Willmott Dixon Construction are due to start work on site in the week beginning August 28.
The transport secretary has also approved plans for a new eastern bypass near Lincoln, linking the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road. DfT said the council is now working to secure funding.