2022 celebrated the end of the hugely successful Single Local Growth Fund programme. LEP projects and programmes have delivered economic growth now for over a decade.  In that time, we have secured £400m of investment for projects in Greater Lincolnshire and have delivered 75 growth projects and programmes.  

Together with our many local partners we have made great progress in raising the aspiration and profile of our collective economic ambitions for our diverse, resilient, and remarkable location. Our congratulations and thanks are extended to everyone involved in these varied and challenging projects and programmes, who in partnership with the LEP, are delivering considerable economic impact across our area. 

The transportation hub in the City of Lincoln was developed to enable employment and housing and improve accessibility while encouraging sustainable travel. The city centre transformation scheme includes a new bus station, retail space and a multi-storey car park to facilitate major redevelopment. 

The Lincoln Transport Hub is a strategic component in the growth strategy for Lincoln. The LEP contributed £2 million to the development through the Single Local Growth Fund. 

Works began on the transport hub in 2016 and the new bus station was opened at the end of 2017. A few months later the multi-storey car park was opened, and the project was marked as complete in 2018. 

The bus station includes 14 bays that see approximately 650 departures each weekday. It also hosts a coffee shop, information desk, changing places, drivers’ welfare facilities and office accommodation. The area around the station has been landscaped and features a pedestrian plaza, a bespoke coach drop-off point and cycle docking bays. 

The largest element of the scheme was the six-level multi-storey car park, which features 12 electric charging stations and 39 disabled spaces. 

Since its completion the transport hub has won numerous awards such as: 

Development Project of the Year (Over £5m) - Lincolnshire Chamber Contruction & Property Awards 2018 

Civil Engineering Project of the Year – East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2018 

Infrastructure, British Parking Award 2019 – East Midlands RICS Social Impact Awards 2019 

Best New Carpark – British Car Park Awards 2019 

It was designed and built by a team at Willmott Dixon. Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon David Reid said: “The transport hub means much more for the city than just a car park and a bus station. This is also the catalyst for growth and further future development.” 

Other partners in the development included City of Lincoln Council, the Department for Transport, Lincolnshire Co-op, Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.  

Kate Ellis, Major Developments Director at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “The new bus station and wider transport hub project will help revitalise the key visitor arrival point into the city centre. 

“Our commitment to the transport hub project demonstrates to people locally, regionally and nationally that Lincoln is a thriving city, and we are confident enough in this belief to invest significantly in its future.” 

The development of the transport hub laid the foundation for more city centre developments, with the most notable being the Cornhill revamp. 

Capital Project Manager at the City of Lincoln Council said: “These works have created a fully upgraded public realm area within the centre of the city, which improves access between the Transport Hub, Cornhill Quarter and the High Street, and also allows for a flexible space that can be used for a range of purposes.” 

City centre transformation schemes such as the Lincoln Transport Hub development help to safeguard the future of the high street and encourage further inward investment in Lincoln.  

You can find more information about the Lincoln Transport Hub here. For more information about the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Single Local Growth Fund projects, click here.