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lincoln bypass could create 30,000 jobs, say councillors

The construction of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass could bring 30,000 new jobs to the area over the next 15 years, according to the local authority.

Lincolnshire County Council said the new stretch of road, which was granted £50 million in government funding last month, is set to offer a huge boost to the local economy.

Paul Coatup, assistant director for highways and transportation at the authority, told BBC News that the bypass could drive house building and stimulate business activity in the city centre.

"The jobs themselves would be spread around existing employers and obviously some new employment generated because of economic activity," he commented.

"There's really quite a lot of suppressed demand for a growing Lincoln area which I think will be released by the construction of the bypass."

With the council aiming to start construction work in 2014, the road will join the A46 bypass near Bunkers Hill and loop around Lincoln to the A15 at Bracebridge Heath.

It is designed to prevent traffic from the south of the county having to travel through the city to reach the
north.

The scheme, which was one of 35 infrastructure projects approved for funding in chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement, is expected to cost £96 million in total.