£8m tier boost for Grimsby to repair vital bridges and boost local industry
- £8m funding will repair damaged bridges to boost local industry and jobs
- The move will also prevent months of potential road closures for the region
- Part of the government’s work to level Grimsby, improve local opportunities, deliver new housing and regenerate the town center
Vital bridges linking Grimsby and Immingham will be repaired to boost local key industries and tourism, prevent road closures and secure future jobs for the area, Leveling Up Secretary Greg Clark.
In the latest step to level Grimsby, £8m funding has been confirmed to help repair damaged bridges along the A180 – a vital route that connects the region’s main ports, serves residents and tourists and provides around £2.5 billion to the local seafood cluster economy each year.
The funding will avert months of disruption and closures for residents, while ensuring that local industries can continue to grow and create more skilled jobs in the area.
Grimsby was the pilot area for the Town Deal, and the government has provided more than £4.5m through the pilot and its flagship Towns Fund and Future High Streets programs to support the center’s renewal and remodeling plans -town. This includes plans to build 129 new high-quality, low-carbon homes in the city.
Secretary of State for Leveling Greg Clark said:
The work of upgrading vital towns like Grimsby requires acting on what local people say is important and acting on what local people want – including local infrastructure.
The funding we are announcing today will provide a vital lifeline for Grimsby industry now and in the future, and I look forward to seeing how our investment helps local communities thrive and unlock more potential. of the region.
The DLUHC’s independent body, Homes England, will help North East Lincolnshire Council develop town center revitalization plans, including for the 129 homes on Garth Lane.
Cllr Philip Jackson, the leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
I am delighted that our collaboration with the government on the upgrading program is bearing fruit. The key infrastructure investment announced today, along with our work with Homes England, focusing on Garth Lane and the regeneration of the wider town centre, are key parts of our drive to deliver sustainable local economic growth for our residents, our communities and our businesses. I hope that our collaboration with the government will continue.
Benj Sykes of energy company Orsted UK, which operates in the area, said:
The offshore wind industry in Grimsby relies on skilled and committed workers who have helped create a world-leading hub. As the industry grows, we need the government to continue to develop the infrastructure the region needs to thrive, and I’m excited to see new investment in the region.
The A180 is the main thoroughfare in North East Lincolnshire, providing access to the Port of Grimsby. Currently, all three bridges – the Gilbey Road Flyover, the Alexandra Dock Bridge and the Cleethorpes Road Flyover – require critical structural repairs. Further deterioration could lead to closures or weight restrictions – cutting off Grimsby’s infrastructure and creating ripple effects on the local and national economy. £8 million is being provided to fund these repairs, subject to a final business case.
DLUHC has a work program (in-depth analysis) exploring opportunities to work with local authorities and stakeholders in places to unlock barriers to broader growth. This aims to improve results at the local level, but also to better coordinate government interventions in these places. Grimsby was selected for deep diving based on this.
Locations are selected for deep dives based on need and low performance against upgrade goals and upgrade potential and viability.