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Council roads boss says ‘I can feel the frustration’ of Hull drivers
2021-05-28 17:59:00
The new councillor overseeing transport issues in Hull says he can “feel the frustration” over daily congestion on the city's roads. Councillor Dean Kirk was given the role of portfolio for transportation, roads and highways by new council leader Daren Hale as part of his first cabinet line-up. It was a promotion for the backbench Labour councillor who admits it was also like being handed a poisoned chalice. “When Daren told me, I just said: 'On yer bike!' Seriously though, I know the issue is a very big one at the moment because I've experienced the same problems as everyone else in Hull, as a driver and a cyclist. “They key thing for me is going to be communications and making sure people know exactly what is going on and where so they plan their journey ahead. “I can really feel the frustration out there because I get frustrated too.” For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Priorities Councillor Dean Kirk (Image: Katie Pugh) As a new portfolio holder, he's ordered regular briefings from officers on all the council's ongoing road schemes. He's also in the process of having some scheduled works postponed to ease the current strain on the city's highways network. They have yet be agreed but are likely to include at least a handful of projects which will be carried out at a later date. Work is also gearing up on the impending review of the new pop-up cycle lanes and the extended bus lane enforcement hours introduced last summer. Many critics claim the measures have made matters worse now that daily traffic volumes have largely returned to pre-pandemic levels. “I'm not ruling anything in or out at this stage,” said Cllr Kirk. “I'm interested in all views. If there's constructive criticism then I will accept that. People have a right to have their opinions listened to and while we need to listen to the experts, we also need to be listening to the public even though it might not be what we want to hear.” The review is expected to focus on individual projects as many have been rolled-out at different times with their own separate online public consultation portals allowing people to submit their views. As such, decisions on whether some measures stay or go will depend on their locality and the feedback each one has recieved. The first schemes will be reviewed in October. Supply chain Rush hour on Beverley Road (Image: Donna Clifford) The twin issues of Covid-19 and Brexit continue to create supply chain issues for the construction sector across the UK and Hull's road improvement programme has taken a hit over recent months. Cllr Kirk said: “There have been problems with materials. I know myself from going to buy some concrete a few months ago that things were bad because when I got there I was told they hadn't had a delivery for eight weeks and people were only being allowed to buy two bags at a time. “If Joe Public are having problems, I can imagine it's been the same in the industry. “I also know of a few road gangs going down with Covid so it's not been easy and there has been a knock-on effect.” Utility works The exposed gas main in Sprng Bank West (Image: Hull Live) While the council continues to bears the brunt of public anger over congestion, he's keen to stress that not all roadworks are the responsibility of the authority. “We need to find better ways of working together with the utility companies when they are working on something like a big gas ma

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