Transport revolution in Barton confirmed as further levelling-up details revealed

Transport and Streets
12:17, Friday, 3rd February 2023

Barton’s passenger interchange will be given a dramatic makeover as part of the recently announced Levelling-Up cash for the town.

The town is set to receive almost £20m from the Government’s latest round of Levelling-Up funding – cash which will build a new bypass, see almost nine miles of new cycle routes built and transform the train station.

The development at the train station will include state-of-the-art cycle parking – including a charging point for e-bikes, an extension and renovation to the car park creating around 100 spaces, EV charging points, new paving, bus shelter improvement and displays with real-time passenger information.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council said: “This money will make a huge difference here in Barton but the impact is across the whole of North Lincolnshire too.

“The Government has backed our plans for creating a new future here, one which enables businesses to create high-paid, sustainable jobs – projects like this are critical in levelling-up in our towns and villages, creating the conditions for our communities to flourish.”

As well as the bypass and major transformation of the train station, a network of nine miles of new cycling routes will be created and three miles of paths updated.

The cycleways and footpaths will connect homes, schools, shopping areas, the railway and bus station and jobs. The move is designed to encourage more active lifestyles, reduce carbon emissions, and make travelling around the town easier and safer.

It comes just as the council begins to implement a 20mph zone in a range of streets across the town.

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for highways, said: “This Government cash represents the latest significant investment in the transport network here in North Lincolnshire.

“We’ve had a new motorway junction, built miles of new cycle routes and connected communities with walking routes across the whole area. This major project in Barton will change the way people travel about the town.”

This latest cash is just part of the more than £80m of Government funding which has backed the council plans for creating a new future in North Lincolnshire. This includes cash for roads, new motorway junctions, enabling people to develop their skills and supporting communities.

Cash from the Towns Fund, Future High Streets, Levelling-Up, UK Shared Prosperity and through other Government departments comes alongside £75m for a new port development, £5m for the A15 enhancements, investment in the new university campus, tens of millions for education and the £200m plus paid to support jobs throughout the pandemic.

Photo: Cllr Rob Waltham, Cllr Paul Vickers, Cllr Christine Patterson, Cllr Keith Vickers, Martin Vickers MP at Barton transport interchange