The Go Skegness transport improvement scheme has been completed sucessfully.
The £5.7m Go Skegness project, which came to a successful end late last year, is part of £10m spent on road improvements in Skegness since late 2016.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Skegness is an integral part of the county's economy, which is why we've invested over £10m to improve its roads and make travel in and around the area easier over the past three years.
"Not only have we built and improved over two miles of footpaths and cycle ways as part of Go Skegness, but we've also constructed nearly half a mile of new A52 bus lane and nine new or upgraded bus stops during the scheme.
"One of the main things we wanted to achieve through the project was to make it easier for more people to leave their cars at home and to walk or cycle instead, which we've done by providing safer and more reliable options to residents and visitors.
"And separate to Go Skegness, we recently spent nearly £1m reconstructing Castleton Boulevard and its footpaths, as well as resurfacing the North Parade mini-roundabout."
Pat Doody, Acting Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The LEP is delighted to have supported the Go Skegness programme. Our Growth Deal investment of £4 million has helped to provide a cohesive approach to sustainable transport in Skegness, enabling a broad range of improvements to support the visitor economy and opportunities for visitors and residents to use a wide variety of modes of transport.”
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “Tourism is booming on the east coast, and these improvements should help ensure that this upward trend continues for the foreseeable future. Tourism is a cornerstone of the Lincolnshire economy, bringing in £1 billion a year, so the benefits of these works will be felt countywide."
Aiming to make sustainable travel easier for residents and visitors, the following improvements have been carried out since Go Skegness started in September 2016:
- A longer bus lane and an upgraded shared cycling and walking path on the A52 Roman Bank
- Improved cycle ways, footpaths and links to key visitor destinations in and around Skegness and Ingoldmells, including Butlins to North Shore Road; Winthorpe Avenue; and Spirewic Avenue to Old Roman Bank
- Over one mile of new and enhanced Skegness to Gibraltar Point shared footpath / cycle way
- New and improved public transport facilities such as bus stops and laybys, including at Lumley Road and on the A52/Skegness Road near Beacon Medical Practice in Ingoldmells
- Improved pedestrian crossings at the Sea Lane/Roman Bank junction in Ingoldmells and Scarbrough Avenue/Roman Bank junction in Skegness.
- Improved wayfinding and information for visitors
The Go Skegness project has been made possible thanks to £4m of funding secured by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP from the Government’s Single Local Growth Fund.
For information about this and other major road schemes, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.
Pictured on the new and improved off-road footpath / cycle way leading to Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve and visitor centre are (left to right): Councillor Clio Perraton-Williams, Executive Support Councillor for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council; Anita Ruffle, Transport Services Group Manager at Lincolnshire County Council; and Halina Davies, Programme Manager at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.