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Funding approved for transport developments in Hull

Hull City Council has announced that it is approved funding to deliver on a number of transport investments, with active travel and safety being promoted.

Funding amounting to £11 million has been approved by the council, with this coming from two sources. £8.757 million has been secured from Active Travel England’s Active Travel Fund, whilst £2.99 million has also been secured from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund, with these being invested in promoting active travel, as well as improving road safety around the area.

Two off-road cycling schemes have been approved by the Cabinet, with the allocation of funding from the Active Travel Fund going towards these. The Safer Roads Fund will be allocated to new improvements along the A165 corridor, with this being subject to Cabinet approval still, and the process of tender and awarding of contracts for the design and construction phase pending.

Councillor Mark Leronimo, Portfolio Holder for Transportation, roads, and highways, said:

“We know from speaking to our residents and through the responses to last year’s Traffic and Travel Survey that improving and enhancing the city’s transport network is an important priority and, after a successful bid, we have secured the funding to deliver on this.

“We also know that our residents want us to provide the facilities needed to support greater choice when it comes to travel options. The plans for Freetown Way, for example, will see the current road layout return to two lanes in each direction, in line with the views expressed in the survey, as well as the installation of new off-road cycle lanes, thereby better accommodating both cyclists and vehicles. There will also be a range of pedestrian improvements.

“These schemes not only demonstrate our commitment to providing the facilities needed to encourage more people to choose sustainable modes of travel, like cycling, but they will also enhance the city’s highways and make them safer for the benefit of all members of the travelling public.”

This funding was accepted at the end of last week, with the aim being to start the construction processes next year. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in the spring of 2025.

 

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