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5 things to mull over when you’re stuck in a Hull traffic jam
2021-06-13 11:58:00
You're stuck in a traffic jam and going nowhere fast. Sounds familiar? If you happen to be a motorist in Hull at the moment it probably is. Congested routes and seemingly never-ending roadworks have even prompted Hull City Council to start issuing a weekly update on all the current hotspots across the city as well as potentially disruptive schemes looming on the near horizon. So while you patiently wait for those temporary traffic lights to turn green and the queue infront of you to creep slowly forward, here are five things you might want to consider before finding first gear. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. Am I part of the problem? Around 62 per cent of vehicle journeys in England are made by a single driver without passengers. That's a lot of road space occupied by just one person creating a hefty chunk of greenhouse gas emissions. Traffic on Spring Bank The empty bus or cycle lane next door offers an alternative for those confident enough to leave their car at home but it's still a big step and many people living miles away from their place or work or study quite reasonably opt for what remains the most personally convenience and safe method of travel. While national figures for the period between 2002 and 2018 show little overall change in single vehicle occupancy rates., the growth of online shopping also means there are now more delivery drivers on our roads than ever before. They also partly account for changes in how traffic moves around the city as the traditional morning and tea-time rush-hours have become more elongated in recent years and now tend to stretch throughout the day on some busy routes. Geography Drypool Bridge raised to let through a barge (Image: Katie Pugh) Hull is not your normal city or big urban conurbation when it comes to roads and transport. Overlooked by many is the simple fact that it has a whopping big estuary directly to the south. In most places, an extended road network spreads north, west, east and south with the city centre sitting in the middle of this spider's web. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Here, try heading south from the city centre and you end up in the Humber. It means Hull – as defined by local council boundaries – covers just 28 square miles. Compare that with somewhere like Peterborough, with a slightly smaller population but with an area of 132 square miles. Then factor in another waterway in the shape of the River Hull and the seven road bridges which span it within the city boundary. As most drivers know, river traffic still has priority. Geology The road re-construction works carried out in Clarence Street (Image: Peter Harbour) What lies underneath the roads of Hull was recently described by one city council officer as 25 feet of blancmange. Lying in the basin of a flood plain, ground conditions have always traditionally been challenging in the city while recently-detected problems in the unexpected rate of deterioration in historic concrete-based roads in Clarence Street and Stoneferry Road suggest wider issues are at play across Hull. Find local issues reported in your area That means the current council policy of re-building large sections of crumbling key arterial roads rather simply adopting a patchwork of surface repairs seems likely to continue for the forseeable future. That is also likely to see more highway re-construction work taking place on other roads across the city. Utility works It's easy to blame the council for seemingly endless yellow barriers, traffic cones and diversion signs. But while road improvement schemes are the responsibility of the city council, many works are being carried out by utility companies. The site of the gas main works on Spring Bank West which has now moved to Hull's Old Town (Image: Hull Live) Repairing or replacing underground pipework is neither straightforward or particularly cheap and, in some locations, requires extensive pre-planning. It's also necessary to keep gas, water, electricity and telecoms supplies running smoothly – things we all

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