Plans for multi-million pound Hull bus express route take major…

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Plans for multi-million pound Hull bus express route take major…

Plans for multi-million pound Hull bus express route take major step forward
2022-02-14 05:00:00
City council leaders have confirmed they are planning to bid for government funding to develop a multi-million pound rapid transit route in Hull. The idea is to create a bus-only expressway between the city centre and Kingswood. It currently forms part of a series of targets included in a new long-term strategy to improve bus services in the city over the next decade drawn up by Hull City Council and the city's two main bus operators. For the latest transport news click here. But it could become a reality if the bid to the second funding round of the government's flagship Levelling Up regeneration policy is successful. The council secured a £19.5m grant in the first funding round to support the Albion Square development in the city centre and continue conversion and improvement work to historic properties in Whitefriargate. Now Guildhall officials are hoping to win more Levelling Up Fund cash to kickstart the rapid transit project. Initially, a detailed feasibility study would be required to test various potential options. Cars are banned from the bus gate in Carr Lane in the city centre (Image: Katie Pugh) Options currently being suggested include building a dedicated segregated bus-only route either on or close to existing roads. Where the route crosses or joins the highway network, buses would also be given priority ahead of other traffic at key junctions. Short sections of road – known as bus gates – where only buses and authorised vehicles can use are also being examined with many already in operation in other towns and cities. The only current bus gate in Hull operates around part of Queen Victoria Square and Carr Lane in the city centre. Another option under review is to use part of the former Hull to Hornsea railway line route which is currently a cycleway. The cycleway forms part of the TransPennine Trail and currently runs from Mount Pleasant, goes under Sutton Road and through part of Sutton village before reaching Holderness Drain and the East Riding boundary. The cycle route on the former Hull to Horsea railway heading towards Church Street bridge in Sutton (Image: Hull LIve) City council leader Councillor Daren Hale said: “We are looking at a bid for Levelling Up Round 2 funding for a rapid transit route which would take buses from Kingswood and Bransholme to the city centre and back again. “There is the old rail track still in place and we will explore the possibility of incorporating that into the route if it is feasible.” He said bus gates were already proven to be successful in making bus services more attractive and claimed it was time the public perception of bus travel needed to change. “In cities like Manchester, buses are extremely popular because they are quicker. For me, the issue is about making bus travel more attractive. “If we can separate them from other traffic that's great. If that can't be done, then we do the best we ca

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