Cycle lanes in Hull are being tweaked and drivers will…

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Cycle lanes in Hull are being tweaked and drivers will…

Cycle lanes in Hull are being tweaked and drivers will be happy
2021-07-12 12:45:00
The design of the first 'pop-up cycle scheme' launched during the pandemic in Hull is being tweaked. The city's first ever physically segregated on-road cycle lanes were installed in both directions on Freetown Way in the city centre last summer. Cyclists are now separated from vehicles by rows of bollards along the route which runs from Ferensway to George Street. READ MORE: Man fights tears as he faces deportation to a country that could lock him up for life It was the first of a series of initial temporary schemes in Hull funded by a £410,000 government grant aimed at encouraging more people to switch to cycling and public transport after a sharp drop in traffic volumes during the early months of the first national lockdown. Now it has been revealed new design work is being carried out by Hull City Council on the route. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. The Freetown Way cycle lane According to a report being discussed by scrutiny councillors this week, the work is aimed at retaining segregated cycle lanes on Freetown Way, but widening the remaining road space to allow two lanes of traffic in each carriageway. The report says this was always the council's original long-term idea for Freetown Way before the government's emergency active travel funding allocation which required supported schemes to be completed within eight weeks. At the time, the Department for Transport said it reserved the right to claw back funding by adjusting future grant awards to councils if they failed to meet target dates. Since the segregated lanes were installed, Freetown Way has witnessed heavy traffic congestion during most times of the day, particularly near the junction with Ferensway and Beverley Road as a result of vehicles only being allowed in a single lane for the most the route. There have also been several reports of emergency vehicles struggling to get through at peaks times. The junction of Wright Street and Prospect Street was closed (Image: Jerome Ellerby) The scrutiny report says the new design work for Freetown Way is being brought forward with an anticipation that physical works will take place before the end of the financial year in March. Other initial projects included extending bus lane operational times throughout the day, new combined bus and cycle lanes in Ferensway and Spring Bank and partial road closures in Wright Street and Baker Street in the city centre. Access to Wright Street from Prospect Street later re-opened after an outcry by nearby businesses. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now A further government allocation of £1.1m allowed for more new cycle lane schemes in Hessle Road, Anlaby Road and Holderness Road, although these were not required to be temporary under the funding rules. Another new cycle scheme along Beverley Road and a new route ultimately providing a link between the city centre and Cottingham are currently at the design stage backed by a £500,000 government grant and are due to be constructed later this year. Council officials are submitting a further bid to the next round of active travel funding with one eye on copying a so-called Mini-Hollands programme being rolled out in three London boroughs by Mayor Sadiq Khan which features high-specification Dutch-style measures ai

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