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Councillors call for major change to ‘not fit for purpose’ cycle lanes
2021-12-09 05:00:00
Scrutiny councillors have called for a re-think over the roll-out of shared bus and cycle lanes across Hull. The city council's cabinet is expected to confirm a number of pilot schemes will become permanent at a meeting later this month. For the latest transport news, click here. They currently run along most of the city's main commuter routes, including Hessle Road, Beverley Road, Anlaby Road,Holderness Road and Spring Bank. The shared lanes are part of a major drive by the council to encourage more people to switch to cycling and public transport which also includes sections of segregated cycle lanes in some areas. Hull City Council introduced all-day bus lanes last year However, some backbench scrutiny councillors say keeping buses and cyclists together in the same lane is wrong. Speaking in a scrutiny debate over the proposed next steps, Councillor Paul Drake-Davis said: “Putting cycle lanes inside bus lanes is not a long-term solution, it's not acceptable. “We need a proper design and proper public consultation on this to get the right outcome. because they are not fit for purpose.” He said he accepted there was limited space in some areas to develop fully-segregated cycle routes but claimed the current shared lanes had been rushed with little real thought given to cyclists having to ride next to buses. For the latest traffic and travel news in your area enter your postcode below “We need to be getting the quality infrastructure that the people of Hull deserve. If it takes a little bit longer to get it then so be it.” Councillor Chris Randall said: “Being chased down Beverley Road by a bus is not the way to encourage people to cycle down there. “It needs a phased approach and maybe it's time the council started buying land by the side of the roads to make it happen.” Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Councillor John Fareham said: “Although I don't use them I support cycle lanes and I see their value but I do not believe we are going about this in the right manner.” He said more pressure should be put on bus operators to convert their vehicles to electric models to at least reduce the emissions which cyclists currently have little choice in avoiding. He also welcomed plans to re-design Freetown Way in the city centre after a review by council officers recommended reinstating two lanes for vehicles in each direction following the implementation of the city's first segregated cycle lanes on the route last year. Traffic queuing on Hull's Freetown Way (Image: Hull Live) “It has been a disaster but I am not blaming our officers for it. It was the government's fault for imposing a tight timeframe to get it done without any proper consultation,” he added. Councillor Dave Woods suggested more two-way cycle lanes should be considered where there was enough space to provide them. He said he had seen cyclists riding in different directions using the same single lane in recent weeks. Ruth Stephenson, the council's head of highways, said the unprecedented roll-out of schemes using emergency transport-related Covid funding from the government had largely worked well but she accepted the Freetown Way scheme had created even more congestion in the immediate area. “We have not got everything right. We put in the Freetown Way scheme in just 12 weeks and, on reflection, there is a better way of putting in a scheme there that not only delivers in terms of cycling infrastructure but also puts back some road capacity. “We think there is a better alternative to what is there at the moment.” She said a funding bid to carry out th

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