BITP received Full Approval from the Department for Transport (DfT) in March, with works anticipated to be complete by early 2015.
The scheme, which will be one of the largest capital investments ever undertaken by the council, will include the long-awaited and much-needed Beverley Southern Relief Road (BSRR), amendments to the Grovehill junction, Swinemoor roundabout and Flemingate level crossing and signing works to reclassify the road network in and around Beverley.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “While there will be some short term pain, unavoidable due to the nature of the works, the long term gains of this scheme will be enjoyed by motorists and the travelling public for many years to come.
“The scheme represents excellent value for money and will enhance Beverley’s transport infrastructure, reducing congestion and improving traffic flows, plus immediate benefits such as the involvement of the local business community in its delivery, safeguarding jobs and providing the opportunity for local young people to gain valuable work experience and improve their skills and prospects for employment.”
Stephen Semple, delivery unit managing director at Balfour Beatty, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver this very important strategic transportation infrastructure scheme. We look forward to working with the council to deliver a high-quality transportation project in Beverley for the benefit of the whole community.”
As part of the scheme, Shepherds Lane will be closed permanently to motorised vehicles from 29 July. Long Lane will also have a temporary road closure for a certain period.
Once BITP is complete, Shepherds Lane will be accessible along its full length to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians with a controlled crossing over the A164 Minster Way.
Whilst traffic volumes on Swinemoor Lane are predicted to increase, due to re-routed traffic flows from the BSRR, the main objective of BITP is to reduce through-traffic volumes in the town centre, with streets such as Keldgate estimated to see a decrease of 60 per cent. The traffic model also predicts traffic volume reductions on Victoria Road, Queensgate and Hengate.
In order to manage traffic flows on Swinemoor Lane and Hull Road, BITP includes significant amendments to the Grovehill roundabout, which will be enlarged and signalised with a computerised signal management system that senses traffic flows and speeds to optimise the sequencing, thereby maximising the volume of vehicles through the junction.
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