Colas Siac will build the link road at Stallingborough to open up land west of Grimsby.

North East Lincolnshire Council cabinet has approved the appointment of contractors Colas Siac Ltd to construct the £8m link road at Stallingborough which will open up prime development land west of Grimsby.

The new road is part-funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has contributed £2m towards the scheme.

As part of the £42m South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP), the link road will see 1.5km of current road upgraded and 1km of completely new road built.

The project will enhance the existing private road between Moody Lane and what will be known as Humber Gate Enterprise Park Junction, where the Courtaulds gatehouse still currently stands, to adoptable highway standards. This means that it will come under the NELC maintenance framework and the upkeep for the road will fall to the the local authority once constructed.

It will also introduce a shared footway and cycleway and other additional highways infrastructure, such as streetlighting.

The new stretch of road will link Moody Lane with Hobson Way in Stallingborough.

During the construction period, there will be some traffic disruption to local businesses and the cycle path will be closed for a part of the programme. The project team is currently working with businesses to minimise this disruption.

Cllr Peter Wheatley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The work on the South Humber programme is ramping up now. We have already done works on the Cress Marsh to mitigate some of the site development, and this new road will really change the way traffic moves between our ports of Grimsby and Immingham. Once complete the new road will open up a huge stretch of development land west of the town.”

Minister for Local Growth Jake Berry said: “The Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine and building a country that works for everyone.

“This £2m investment from the Local Growth Fund will help create new jobs by opening up access to a new Enterprise Zone and improving links between communities in the South Humber region.

“Supporting businesses by transforming transport infrastructure is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy - and this project is an example of it in action.”

Work will start on the new road on 21st January 2019 and is expected to take 16 months to complete.