Highways England explains problem that left Hull’s roads paralysed

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Highways England explains problem that left Hull’s roads paralysed

Highways England explains problem that left Hull’s roads paralysed
2021-06-24 11:56:00
Highways England has released a statement explaining the reason for the gridlock on Hull's roads. A Highways England spokesman said it was made aware around 6.50am on Thursday morning that there was a “mechanical failure” at A63 Myton Bridge. Read more: Cars will need permits to drive by these four East Yorkshire schools He said local authority engineers were on site “immediately” to resolve the matter and traffic was released at 8.50am. The statement comes after traffic reports on Thursday said barriers at Myton Bridge became “stuck down”. Traffic problems across the city due to a problem with the Myton Bridge (Image: Katie Pugh) A63 Roger Millward Way was left severely congested in both directions, with problems spilling over onto routes across the city and beyond. Travel news system Inrix said at 8.30am: “Congestion to beyond the Humber Bridge heading inbound. Routes through Hull are also heavily congested as drivers attempt to divert away.” At one point, it was reportedly causing drivers delays of over an hour as queues snaked eight miles from Hull city centre back to North Ferriby. In the east of the city, traffic was queued back almost to Hedon. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Many posted in the Hull Traffic and Travel Facebook group on Thursday morning about the issues or contacted Hull Live directly. One motorist said: “Myton Bridge is stuck. It’s been stuck now for 50 minutes!” James Norrison was one of those stuck in the traffic. He told Hull Live: “Standstill traffic from the bridge at The Deep. Barriers have been down now for 50 minutes with no reason at all, no boats or anything. Queuing traffic after the Myton Bridge barriers 'stuck down' (Image: James Norrison) “It’s caused a complete gridlock both ways into Hull. I’m right at the top near the C4DI building at people are getting out their cars out of frustration and beeping.” He added: “Over an hour now, police have been informed. “Looks like it is backed up all the way back to Salt End going into Hull from Hedon, and backed up past the Humber Bridge towards North Ferriby coming from that direction. It started at 7.11am.” Another motorist said it was “total gridlock on Spring Bank West”, while another said: “Hour and half to get to work. Myton Bridge barrier stuck total gridlock. Joke of a city.” It was causing further issues for buses and, in particular, for commuters on their way to work or dropping children off for school. The Myton Bridge barriers were reopened by 9am, but severe congestion continued for some time. Delays in Hull after barriers at Myton Bridge became 'stuck' on Thursday morning (Image: Katie Pugh) A spokesman for Highways Engl

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