Multi-million pound transport plan is set to improve city's accident record, reduce congestion and improve air quality.
Hull City Council is upgrading the current layout of the Stoneferry Road Corridor to reduce traffic and congestion to prepare for new businesses and site expansions in the future.
With speeds averaging 5mph heading from Bransholme/Kingswood towards Stoneferry and Southcoats in the morning peak hours, an average of 25 accidents per year (129 accidents have happened over five years) and high levels of pollution, this makes the corridor unwelcoming and unhealthy for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.
The A1033 is the primary route to and from the Port of Hull to York and the north. Stoneferry Road forms part of this corridor and provides a vital east-west and north-south transport link in Hull.
The route also provides a wider connection between residential communities in north-east Hull including Kingswood, as well as other key employment sites immediately adjacent to the corridor and within the City Centre and the docks area of the city.
The Stoneferry Road, with its major residential development in the north and the employment opportunities along its route, forms a major potential economic growth corridor for the city moving forward. The route also forms a critical diversion route to the existing A63 Castle Street, if there is an incident and the trunk road is blocked.
The city is now experiencing significant economic growth and the impact of this coupled with existing levels of congestion, is starting to affect future growth and opportunities.
This has an impact on the efficient movement of people and goods using the highway network to access the local commercial and retail developments. This is most severe during peak travel periods and forecasts show that congestion will continue to worsen with future traffic growth.
This project is being developed in an all-inclusive way to overcome specific congestion hot spots on the A1033 and to provide interventions to improve traffic flow whilst also improving facilities for public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians.
The proposed Stoneferry Integrated Transport project targets highway improvements at the key congestion points within the wider Stoneferry Road corridor. It also improves the cycling and public transport set-up within the area to provide enhanced sustainable travel (real time bus service information, providing level access at bus stops and the installation of shelters, where required), to help encourage modal shift to public transport.
Together with consideration of both bus priority using smart technology and smart monitoring to provide real time information on air quality, traffic and pedestrian flows via the internet. Enhanced message signs also forms part of the project to enhance the council’s existing system to provide greater opportunity to inform the travelling public of issues or events on the corridor and in the wider city area.
This project will be approached in an all-inclusive way, whether you travel by public transport, car, on foot or by bicycle, improvements will affect all users
Aims of the scheme
- Improve the accident record
- Reduce congestion
- Improve air quality
- Sustain economic growth
- Provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
Core aims of the project
- To reduce average journey times by 15 per cent or more during peak hours
- In morning peak, southbound speeds increased by nearly 50 per cent
- Better air quality, with reduced or consistent NO2 emissions over the next five to 10 years
- 20 to 40 per cent less accidents predicted within 15 years
- Provide better access to Enterprise Zones
- To get more commuters and residents walking and cycling
- 57,000 sq m of road resurfacing
- 10,500 sq m of pavement resurfacing
- 5.6 km of new and refurbished cycle paths
- 10 new controlled cycle crossing facilities
- 10 new controlled pedestrian crossings
- Two upgraded crossings
- Vehicle monitoring and real-time data gathering to aid traffic movement
- Integrated smart technology, to aid future maintenance
- Fewer bridge strikes
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