New relief road will 'cut congestion' in Grantham

Grantham town centre
Image caption Residents have complained about rush hour traffic jams in the town centre

Plans have been announced for a relief road and up to 4,000 new houses in a Lincolnshire town.

The county council is providing £30m to build the new road, which will link with the development to the south of Grantham.

The authority said the plans would help deal with a growing population and ease congestion through the town centre.

A six-week public consultation has started on the road's route and the layout of the development.

South Kesteven District Council, which is working with the county council on the project, said the new housing would be built on land between the A52 Somerby Hill and the B1174 Spittlegate Level.

It said it planned to start work on the new road before building new housing estates, schools and shopping facilities.

Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The new road will help remove traffic from the town centre as well as service the new homes and businesses.

"We have made provision for it within our budget to help speed up its construction."

A range of layout options will be on display at Grantham Library on 27 and 28 April.

A final design will then be drawn up which will be put out to a further consultation in the autumn.

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