Docks road set for early upgrade

A MAJOR road scheme to improve the access to Immingham Docks is to be brought forward by 18 months under plans to speed up road improvement projects.

Work to create a dual carriageway on the A160/A180 trunk road is now expected to begin in summer 2015 and be completed by autumn 2016.

The project, which will cost between £89m-£132m, has been described as essential to meet current traffic levels while also supporting the future development of the docks and the proposed South Humber Energy Park by Able UK.

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The A160 carries about 13,000 vehicles a day, including 5,700 heavy goods vehicles.

Schemes on the M3 in Surrey, the M6 in the West Midlands and the M1 in Derbyshire are also being fast-tracked.

Cleethorpes Tory MP Martin Vickers called the announcement “excellent”, and said: “Over the last couple of years I and my colleagues have pressed hard for this scheme to be given the go-ahead and I’m delighted that we’ve now succeeded.

“Earlier today the Prime Minister, in a speech to the CBI, outlined the importance of speeding up the planning process and ensuring schemes that will aid economic development are not help back. It seems to be a case of no sooner said than done.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am determined to cut the time it takes to upgrade our roads in half by dismantling procedures that have slowed us down.”