Lincoln city centre's East-West link road opens

East West link road
Image caption Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said the road 'will make the lives of all of us in Lincoln easier'

A £22m relief road through the centre of Lincoln has opened to traffic.

The East West link road connects the High Street to Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road, avoiding the city centre's railway level crossings.

Temporary traffic lights are in place while work on the road is completed. It is expected to be finished in November.

Under the plans, mooted as far back as 1998, a section in and around Lincoln High Street will also be pedestrianised.

Councillor Richard Davies, from Lincolnshire County Council, said the road will provide "an easier route across the city".

"It's also expected to cut traffic congestion, improve air quality and reduce journey times," he added.

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