More cycle lanes confirmed for Hull’s roads in 2022

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More cycle lanes confirmed for Hull’s roads in 2022

More cycle lanes confirmed for Hull’s roads in 2022
2021-12-20 16:28:00
More new cycle lanes are set to be rolled across Hull next year. The pledge by city councillors came after they confirmed a raft of pilot travel measures introduced over the last 16 months will become permanent. For the latest traffic and travel news, click here. They include new cycle lanes on most of Hull's major commuter routes and the operation of all-day bus lanes. The only exception will be on Freetown Way in the city centre where two lanes for vehicles in each direction will be reintroduced alongside retained segregated cycle lanes subject to funding being secured for a new-look scheme. A cycle lane in Spring Bank, Hull However, there will not be a return to two lanes of traffic on either carriageway over nearby North Bridge despite the section being identified as a “pinch point” by council highways officials. City council leader Councillor Daren Hale said rolling out more cycle lanes was a necessary step in the right direction. He added: “It's good for both the environment and for health outcomes in the city. Keeping this agenda going is something we need to continue doing and it's something we will continue to invest in.” Transport portfolio holder Councillor Dean Kirk rejected claims the council was anti-motorist. He said: “We are trying to make things safer for all road users and, at the same time, looking at ways of cleaning up the environment. Everyone has to play a part and it's not a case of one size fits all. “We know there have been a few teething problems but the city's highways network is not just about the council. We have got National Highways working on the A63 and an unprecedented programme of utility company works all going on at the same time and that does cause congestion. “I know that causes frustration and I appreciate that frustration because I get stuck in traffic as a motorist like everyone else but the work is about moving the city forward.” An electric scooter rider using the new cycle lanes on Freetown Way in Hull Cllr Kirk also angrily denied speculation that the roll-out of more cycle lanes was a prelude to the council introducing a London-style congestion charge scheme in Hull. “At no time have we ever discussed putting in a congestion charge scheme in this city and as long as I am portfolio holder we won't be doing so. “This is not about putting in a congestion charge by stealth, it's about making things better so we can all travel around the city in a better way.” Councillor Phil Webster said most of the current congestion being seen in the city was down to roadworks. “It's got nothing to do with cycle lanes and I don't like this narrative developing about a war between cyclists and motorists because it's not about that at all. “We know that some areas across the city need addressing in terms of putting new cycle lanes in and there will be other areas where we will need to re-visit to see if things are working well or not. Councillor Dean Kirk has pledged that there will no congestion charge in Hull (Image: Hull Daily Mail) “Nothing should be cast in stone but we need to be moving forward and putting our weight behind this because it's the right thing to do.” Before approving the measures permanent, councillors passed on their condolences to the families of two people who died on the roads in the city in recent days, including a pedestrian in Ferensway and a cyclist in Hall Road. Cllr Hale said: “It brings home the n

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