Road closures and traffic management as work begins on new £3m Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station

Cleethorpes’ new £3million RNLI lifeboat station will start next week with road closures and traffic management in place.

The Central Prom will be closed to traffic during the day to allow construction work to be carried out safely. Visitors will still have access to the ball from Sea Road.

Jamie King, regional lifesaving manager for Humber and Lincolnshire, said: “This new station will represent a huge change, not only for the lifesaving service we provide to the region, but also for the way our volunteers can train and operate. , in a much safer and more efficient environment than is possible in the current building.

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Plans for the station were approved in 2018 and will allow an Atlantic 85 lifeboat to join the existing Class D lifeboat already at the station. Mick Fowler, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cleethorpes, said: “The start of construction on our new station is an exciting time for all of our volunteers at Cleethorpes, both operational and fundraising, as it marks one more step towards the possibility of moving into the new establishment. »

Andy Burden, Deputy Launch Authority at Cleethorpes, added: “The new building has been designed to be an asset to the station, complementing and enhancing the central promenade and becoming a tourist attraction in its own right. We are all local residents ourselves and we are happy that such care has been taken in the design of the station.

Artist’s impression of the new RNLI station for Cleethorpes

The new station will be built on the beach opposite the current station and will allow a second lifeboat to be positioned at Cleethorpes, a more powerful B Class Atlantic 85, which will join the existing Class D lifeboat already in station.

This will allow the charity to respond more quickly, in a wider range of weather conditions, to a wider variety of incidents while ensuring the safety of its volunteers. The new station will have its own slipway for launching and recovering boats. Currently, the lifeboat must cross a public road near a dead end bend.

Changing rooms and training facilities will also be much improved, and the RNLI shop will also move on site, giving shop volunteers access to running water and toilets, which are not available in the current shop. The RNLI has worked closely with partners to establish a site and traffic plan that will cause minimal inconvenience to local residents, businesses and visitors, but work of this magnitude will inevitably cause disruption.

The work program

From Tuesday April 19 until completion approximately 12 months later, Central Promenade will be closed to through traffic during the day while contractors work, except for the operation of the lollipop train. A marked and blocked temporary footbridge will also be provided during the closure for pedestrians.

There will be no access for vehicles from Brighton Street past the Coastguard station, and cyclists will be asked to get off and walk their bikes in the restricted area or use alternative routes. Entry and exit from the central promenade will be via Sea Road only. Parking will always be available and an area created and maintained free of vehicles near the site to allow cars to turn around.

Traffic management staff will be on hand to help manage traffic while the restrictions are in place. Sometimes, once Central Prom is full of parked cars, they may close the Prom until parking spaces become available, reducing the level of congestion. This operation will be closely managed and monitored by traffic officers throughout the route. Some disabled arrays will be affected; however, these will be moved and signed elsewhere on the Central Prom.

The Central Prom will be fully open at night between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. one-way through traffic from the direction of the pier, allowing vehicles to depart from the Brighton slipway end. The temporary pedestrian bridge will remain in place.

Additional signage regarding traffic management in the area and on the approaches to Cleethorpes will be deployed to divert traffic to other car parks and advise of restrictions.

Access to the Brighton Street slipway from Brighton Street for water sports users, resort team and for lifeboat launching will be maintained throughout.

Work and deliveries to the site will take place Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no work on public holidays or weekends of major festivals and events. Sometimes, due to the tidal nature of the site, it may be necessary to work on other Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.

Steve Randall, Property Engineer for the RNLI, said: ‘We appreciate this being an unwanted disruption at the start of what we hope will be a bumper season for the station, but the various restrictions on the building process which we need to take into account, including tourism considerations and Natural England’s requirements to work on the site away from times when wintering birds are present on the adjacent SSSI, (Site of Special Scientific Interest) means that we do not have no choice but to work on these plans and schedules. A 12-month project must inevitably cover at least one summer season.

From May 16, for approximately seven weeks, piling work will have to be carried out which will cause significant noise throughout the working day. These are unavoidable because, despite extensive consultation, there is no alternative available for this site.

Throughout construction, RNLI contractors will endeavor to minimize disruption and will work with the organizers of any major events planned to ensure they are accommodated.

The station is expected to be completed in mid-2023. The charity will share regular updates on progress on its Facebook page

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