£7.5m awarded for Stoneferry Road upgrade in Hull
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Jul 2017
Congestion on one of Hull's busiest roads is set to be eased after funding for a £7.5m upgrade was confirmed today.
The work on Stoneferry Road will see major changes to a number of junctions on the route.
Additional lanes will be introduced at some sections while traffic lights will be installed at two roundabouts at Chamberlain Road and Leads Road.
Funding for the scheme has been allocated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It was originally set aside to support electrification of the main railway line between Hull and Selby.
However when the government announced it was not intending to finance that project, it was released for local councils around the council to bid for.
LEP chairman Lord Haskins said: "The Humber is experiencing significant economic growth and we want to make sure that can continue.
"By addressing bottlenecks and improving access to enterprise zone sites we can ensure that the region remains an attractive place for businesses to grow and invest.
"The Stoneferry Road corridor improvement will be an important addition to the programme of transport and infrastructure projects we are supporting across the Humber.”
Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
Councillor Martin Mancey, the city council's portfolio holder for economic regeneration, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Humber LEP has allocated £7.5m to improve one of the most significant transport routes in the city.
“The Stoneferry corridor is a very busy and important route for both commercial and commuter traffic and these plans will not only reduce journey times but increase opportunities for growth, prosperity and investment in the area.
“Transport connectivity is crucial for our city’s economic growth and it is vitally important that we continue to improve our local transport infrastructure to keep up with the momentum.”
Traffic has grown significantly on Stoneferry Road in recent years, partly as a result of the development of Kingswood to the north.
That has created an increase in commuter traffic at peak periods. The upgrade will also see improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians along the route.
Previous LEP-backed transport schemes in Hull have included the widening of Anlaby Road outside Hull Royal Infirmary, the strengthening of Park Street bridge and a contribution towards the planned new footbtridge across Castle Street.