Disgruntled driver asks Hull traffic boss ‘what planet are you…

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Disgruntled driver asks Hull traffic boss ‘what planet are you…

Disgruntled driver asks Hull traffic boss ‘what planet are you on?’
2021-05-28 10:36:00
An angry Hull driver has asked the city's new traffic boss “what planet are you on?” after he claimed Hull is not a congested city. Councillor Dean Kirk was quizzed by BBC presenter Peter Levy on whether or not he thought the congestion situation in the city at the moment was “unacceptable”. In response, the councillor said “I feel very strongly that people are upset about it and I sympathise with them. I’m in the same boat myself. I’ve been trapped in the traffic.” But he repeated claims made his portfolio holder predecessor, now council leader Councillor Daren Hale, that the city is not congested. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Portfolio holder for highways Dean Kirk claims the city is not congested (Image: Kate Pugh) Some drivers in Hull were left dumbfounded, with one posting: “This city did not have a major problem with congestion until the Labour council started to 'improve' the road network.” The road user went on to say: “Are these people so utterly deluded or just think that it's better to deny the problem exists rather than just admit to the fact that Hull's roads are not capable of handling the volume of traffic within our city. “It's made worse through the new cycle lanes and constant road works. Time and time again they say they are their best to encourage investment from business leaders but who in the right mind would open a company or factory in a city of gridlock”. Others say the the current traffic issues are down to “ill conceived” roadworks, bus lanes operating 12 hours per day and major roads reduced to single lanes. They say it is the result of “poorly planned decisions by our council”, including bridge repairs being carried out “whenever they feel like it”. “The city is gridlocked because of the cycle and bus lanes that have been put in place as well as the ongoing roadworks all at once,” said another driver. Another frustrated road user said: “This particular councillor needs to wake up and start living in the real world. “There are far too many roadworks going on at the same time and cycle lanes that get used by one cyclist in 10 as they prefer to use the footpath. Traffic backed up on Clough Road (Image: Rich Addison) “Also bus lanes that need to be either gotten rid of or go back to the old times of operation. This city is a laughing stock with regards to it's traffic problems.” One driver went as far to say: “What planet is this bloke on? From town centre to James Reckitt Ave it now takes me around 45 to 50 minutes in rush hour, normally takes around 20 minutes. And no matter which route you take it’s just as bad everywhere.” Cllr Kirk told BBC Look North he believed cycle lanes were working in “some areas”. “We will have to look at the ones that aren’t working but we will no

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