Workmen began felling trees and removing hedges along Spittlegate Level today in readiness for the first tarmac of the Grantham relief road to be put down.
The work took place opposite the Honda garage where a roundabout will be built and the first leg of the relief road put down between Spittlegate Level and the A1.
County councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, on a site visit with a group of local councillors, said: “Diggers will be on site in two or three months from now. We need to get the hedges out now to avoid the bird season which is key from an ecological point of view. I think what this really shows is the commitment the local authorities together have made.”
The new southern bypass will link the A1 with the roundabout at the top of Somerby Hill on the A52. It is being built in conjunction with the southern quadrant development of 4,000 houses at Spittlegate Heath and the KiNG 31 industrial development next to the A1.
County councillor for Grantham East Linda Wootten said: “I am really happy for Grantham. It’s a long-awaited start for the bypass.”