New section of A160 set to open

Work on a £88.4 million project to improve access to one of the UK’s busiest ports is progressing well with traffic set to start using a new section of the A160.  

Traffic using the A160 near Grimsby will be switched to a new section of road. The existing road will be closed during the next two weekends to prepare for the traffic switch which will see drivers using a new section of carriageway in an important milestone for the scheme.

The closures will enable Highways England contractors to integrate the new network into the existing road.

Ben Ridgeon, project manager at Highways England, said: “This is another exciting milestone for the Port of Immingham scheme, which will improve access to the port and surrounding area. Once completed, traffic congestion will be reduced, journey times will become more reliable, and safety will be improved for road users and the local community.

“Switching traffic to the new carriageway will enable us to bring the existing eastbound carriageway up to the same standard as the westbound, and brings the scheme’s completion a step closer.”

The Highways England project will see a three-mile section of the A160 between the A180 and the Port of Immingham upgraded to a dual carriageway along its entire length.

It is the UK’s largest port by tonnage and handles up to 55 million tonnes of goods every year, including nearly 20 million tonnes of oil and 10 million tonnes of coal.

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