Hull traffic concerns continue after dreary decade…

Hull traffic concerns continue after dreary decade of complaints
2021-01-14 05:00:00
A former lorry driver who ten years ago campaigned for change because of traffic problems in his west Hull street says nothing has altered in the decade since. David Godbold, 59, has recently returned to the home he had built in North Road and claims there is no difference now to when he last lived there. “I got a petition together ten years ago which was just dismissed by the council,” said Mr Godbold, who moved away from Hull to be nearer his work. “I have just come back in December and still nothing has been done.” To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. David Godbold first lived in North Road ten years ago and says more lorries than ever are now using the route (Image: Katie Pugh) Mr Godbold, who lives near Francis Askew Primary School, said: “There has been a big increase in lorries using the route, which is part of the Hull ring road. It’s not fit for purpose. “You have to drive on the other side of the road, right across the white line, to be able to pass the parked cars. “It’s difficult getting past in a car so you can imagine what it’s like when there’s a lorry coming down the other way.” Mr Godbold said he believes lorries should be rerouted via Askew Avenue, which runs parallel to North Road, because it is wider and more suited to heavy traffic. “I spoke to someone from highways and all he said was that they were going to contact any lorry firms in the area and ask them not to use North Road, but I am an ex-HGV driver and I know exactly what a lorry driver will do. “He will put his sat-nav on and he won’t care a monkey’s about what his firm has said.” Mr Godbold said: “They have put speed bumps in to reduce speeds near the school but the cars and lorries hit the bumps and it shakes my house. Cracks have appeared in the top of the house.” Mr Godbold said he was also disappointed about the amount of rubbish that was also now prevalent in the area. Cracks have appeared in the top of David Godbold's home, which he claims are caused by vehicles hitting the speed bump outside the neighbouring school, making his house shake (Image: Katie Pugh) “People don’t seem to have any pride in where they live,” he said. “I am absolutely ashamed to see how much the city of culture has deteriorated certainly in this part of Hull. “There used to be street cleaners when I moved away.” Hull’s Lord Mayor Councillor Lynn Petrini, who is a local councillor for the Newington and Gipsyville ward, said: “I have always been aware of the problems of North Road being part of the ring road because of the narrowness of the road and, being fully tree-lined as well, that does not help. “It’s something I have raised many, many times in the past with the council. It’s an ongoing issue.” Cllr Petrini said she tried to avoid using North Road herself because of the traffic
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