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Another AMEP boost as A160 / A180 improvements take a step forward

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 29 January 2014

Public can submit comments on plans to the Planning Inspectorate

Further good news for the Able Marine Energy Park has come as plans to upgrade the A160 in North Lincolnshire have been submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate and accepted for examination.

The road scheme will provide better access to the Port of Immingham and the surrounding area by improving the A160 between the junction with the A180 at Brocklesby interchange and the port. This includes widening the existing single carriageway section of the A160 to dual carriageway and junction improvements along the length of the route.

The Highways Agency consulted on the A160/A180 Port of Immingham Improvement project last year, and several changes have been made to the proposal as a result, including better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The plans for the project will now be examined by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate as part of an application for a development consent order. From Thursday 30 January, members of the public can submit their comments on the proposal directly to the Planning Inspectorate at infrastructure​.planningportal​.gov​.uk as part of the examination process. The deadline to register comments is Friday 7 March.

If the order is granted, then work on the improvements could begin by summer 2015.

The application documents are available on the Planning Inspectorate’s website at infrastructure​.planningportal​.gov​.uk and will also be available to view at South Killingholme Community Centre, Scunthorpe Civic Centre, Immingham Civic Centre, Grimsby Central Library, and at the Highways Agency’s offices at Lateral in Leeds. The documents will be on deposit from Thursday 30 January until Friday 7 March.

Graham Dakin, Project Manager at the Highways Agency, said:

“The access to the Port of Immingham and the surrounding area needs to be improved for the benefit of those using the route every day, and for the many businesses who depend on the port to move goods in and out of the country. We received a good response to the consultation last year, and as a result we were able to refine the proposals and submit them to the Planning Inspectorate.

“The widening of the road, improved junctions and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will make journeys quicker and easier for road users and the wider community.”

The current route of the A160 suffers congestion particularly in the morning and afternoon peak hours, and this is often further exacerbated by the unloading of freight ferries from the Port of Immingham.

The improvements, which are expected to cost between £73 and £109 million, would reduce traffic congestion, improve journey time reliability and improve safety for road users and the local community. The improvements also seek to meet the needs of traffic growth resulting from existing and future developments.

For more details on the project visit www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​a​1​6​0​i​m​m​i​n​g​ham

Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact Eleanor Dwyer on 0113 203 3741. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. The Highways Agency’s application for a Development Consent Order was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate on 27 January 2014, which means it can now go through the formal examination process.

3. The A160/A180 Port of Immingham Improvement project was announced as one of four selected as an accelerated delivery pilot, with the aim of cutting around 18 months off the time to completion. Work on this project is expected to start in summer 2015 instead of during 2016 and be completed autumn 2016 instead of during 2018. It is important to note that this is subject to the successful completion of statutory processes and continued value for money.

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– From the web at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic or from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk
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Issued by the Regional News Network on behalf of the Highways Agency. For further information please contact Eleanor Dwyer on 0113 203 3741. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

Contacts:

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pressoffice@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk

RNN Yorkshire and the Humber
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Eleanor Harte
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eleanor.​harte@​cabinet-​office.​gsi.​gov.​uk

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