Beverley’s Southern Relief Road Officially Opened

Beverley’s Southern Relief Road Officially Opened

A key part of the £22 million Integrated Transport Plan was officially opened today (Thursday 12 March) by the Parliamentary Under for Transport, MP.

The town’s southern relief road –named - will be opened to the public this afternoon. The 2.8km stretch of new road is forecast to carry 13,000 vehicles a day around the south of , and will reduce congestion and improve traffic flows in the town.

The main contractors for the road were Balfour Beatty, and the funding for the whole Integrated Transport Plan – which includes the southern relief road, the new Grovehill junction, additional lane at roundabout, and the reclassification of the road network in and around – came from the (£16.3 million) and (£5.2 million).

The new road runs from the A164 roundabout around the south of to the A1174 Road. The Integrated Transport Plan represents one of the largest capital investments ever undertaken by the council.

Councillor OBE, leader of the council, said: “This is a very significant day for residents and motorists alike in , and I am delighted that we have arrived at the opening of this hugely important stretch of new road.

“The council was keen from the outset for local companies to share in the delivery of this scheme to provide a boost to the economy and I am very pleased that Balfour Beatty  have used local expertise and materials to provide work experience and placements to help our local young improve their skills and prospects.

“I would like to thank our residents, motorists and the travelling public for their patience and understanding. All of these groups will benefit from improved transport infrastructure for decades to come.”

The main objective of the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan is to reduce through-traffic volumes in the town centre, with streets such as estimated to see a decrease of 60 per cent. The traffic model for the project also predicts traffic volume reductions on , ,  Hengate and .

Traffic volumes on are predicted to increase, due to through traffic using the new relief road. In order to manage this additional traffic traffic on and Road,  the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan included significant amendments to the Grovehill roundabout, which has been enlarged and is now a signalised junction 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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After cutting a ribbon to declare the new road officially open, Mr Goodwill travelled to to inspect progress on the new £1.1 million roundabout acting as the intersection between the A1079 and the Holme Road, which is scheduled to open in April. The scheme, designed and managed by council engineers, was made possible by a successful bid by the council’s transport policy team, to the ’s £170m Local Pinch Point Programme.

The scheme will alleviate congestion for residents of and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor onto the A1079 as well as improving road safety at the junction, where there have been 14 casualties in the past five years.

Councillor OBE added : “Thanks to excellent financial management and a proven track record in delivering major transport initiatives, the council was able to secure a six-figure sum from the ’s (DfT) Local Pinch Point Fund, with the remainder of the funding coming from the private sector.

“When complete, the new roundabout will improve safety and accessibility for residents of and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor onto the A1079.”

-based construction company Wright Ltd are contractors for the scheme. The new roundabout will complement other highway projects, including a similar roundabout at Hodsow Lane, , and a link road to Industrial Estate and the new Broadhelm Park.

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