Roads in Hull to be widened as part of cycling city bid

Work to improve Hull’s cycling infrastructure will begin this month.

Plans will include widening existing cycle lanes in areas including Freetown Way and an introduction of additional cycle lanes in roads including Holderness Road, Spring Bank, Anlaby Road and Beverley Road.

The works are being accelerated so Hull City Council can secure the first phase of the £1.36m funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) active travel grant.

The schemes will be progressed in line with the local authority’s 10-year local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “If we don’t start work immediately we will lose the Government money.  We cannot let precious extra funding for cycling slip through our hands.  As such our usual consultation processes are having to be set aside and we will be acting first on a number of these schemes and reviewing the impact afterwards and making changes as necessary.

“That’s why schemes such as the one in Freetown Way are being progressed at speed so that we can meet the requirements for this vital DfT funding. This means we will be changing our usual consultation process and inviting the public for comments once the work has been carried out.

“The city is experiencing a cycling renaissance and we cannot turn down such a fantastic opportunity to transform Hull into a cycling city.

“We want to ensure the upgrades we make to our cycling infrastructure such as segregated lanes and increasing road space for cyclists are measures which allow cyclists to feel safe and confident when using our city’s roads.”

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