Lincoln bypass meeting leads to optimism


A meeting with the government to discuss Lincoln's long-planned Eastern Bypass went well, according to officials.

The scheme, aimed at relieving congestion and boosting investment, was pushed down a list of priority projects in the spending review.

But local councils said they would continue to campaign for the project.

Lincolnshire County Council officers met the Transport Minister and said they believed the scheme had a future.

The £130m project was pushed into a third tier of national priorities in October, behind those given the go-ahead and those competing for funding.

January decision

But the government said this third tier would be reconsidered after more investigation.

The county council's assistant director for highways and transport, Paul Coathup, met with Transport Minister Norman Baker, along with Lincoln MP Karl McCartney.

Mr Coathup said: "What we have now really is the mind's eye of the secretary of state. What we were doing was taking the opportunity to put the scheme right in the minister's eyeline.

"So when he comes to make his decision in January, he is going to think of the meeting we have just had."

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