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Digitally coloured B & W photograph by Alan Dennis

1933 May 30th

…… a letter be sent to the Lindsey County Council calling attention to the tremendous amount of traffic which now passes through South Street and frequent congestions which occur, and state that this Council hope that the new bypass road may soon be put into operation. Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1938 September 5th … …. make enquiries of the Lindsey County Council through Mr. Fowley as to whether there is any possible chance of obtaining any surplus soil from the new by-pass for the levelling of the park. Caistor Parish Council Parks Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

“I left Caistor in 1915 and returned to my present home in South Dale in 1938 …. In those days, all heavy traffic came through South Dale, along South Street and up the Grimsby Road.” Jessie S. Bryan written in 1980

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Digitally coloured B & W photograph by Alan Dennis

“Yes. I saw the by-pass built when I was at school. Used to go to school at dinner time and watch them build the by pass. Dig it out as we would call it. They had a bloody good navvy or two there – apart from that there was horse and cart and little locos. I tell you that put it in that pit. They dug it out and put it in the pit (up Whitgate Hill).” Les Wilkinson recorded 14th September 2000. The telephone interrupted the By Pass Conversation.

The Ministry of Transport yesterday announced that a grant from the Road Fund had been made towards the construction of a by-pass road near Caistor on the Lincoln-Grimsby road (Route A.46), estimated to cost £45,000. The work, which is to begin at once, is expected to take about two and a half years to complete. Caistor, which the new road will by-pass, was formerly a Roman station, and lies on the western slope of the Wolds. Traffic passing through it has to negotiate narrow, winding thoroughfares, where steep gradients and blind corners add to the difficulties. In some parts the gradient is one in 10, and the width between buildings is reduced to 17ft., of which less than 12ft. is available for vehicles. Along these steep and narrow roads heavy commercial vehicles pass on their way between Grimsby Docks and the Midland counties, and the traffic census figures show that the average daily tonnage, which in 1931 was over 1,300, had risen by 1935 to nearly 1,800. The new road will by-pass Caistor on the south side, beginning at Nettleton House and extending to the Fleece Inn. It will be a little over a mile in length and will shorten the existing route by nearly a quarter of a mile. Owing to the hilly and difficult nature of the country it will be necessary to construct the road partly in cutting and partly on embankment, and the estimated cost includes £20,000 for excavation works alone. By these means the gradient will be reduced to one in 20 throughout. Although the present scheme provides for a road width of 44ft it is intended ultimately to increase this to 80ft. In the meantime the lay-out will consist of a single 22ft. carriageway and two grass verges, one of which will include a footpath. BY-PASS ROAD NEAR ROMAN CAMP CAISTOR DIVERSION TO COST £45.000

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Digitally coloured B & W photograph by Alan Dennis   

Digitally coloured B & W photograph by Alan Dennis