Beverley 'nightmare' Jock's Lodge junction WILL be widened in £51m transformation
Jocks Lodge is set to be boosted with a £51m investment
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 May 2018
A multi-million transformation of a problematic Beverley junction has been given the green light as part of a huge £51m investment by government.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has this morning announced millions will be spent to improve Jock's Lodge junction and the A164 road in East Riding. In plans to cut congestion on the A164, the junction where it meets the A1079 will be reconfigured and six miles of road between the Lincoln Way and Castle Hill roundabouts will be converted into a dual carriageway.
It is hoped this will allow more capacity on the road and cause less congestion for journeys between the Humber Bridge and Beverley.
'This will transform journeys in the area'
Mr Grayling has lauded the plans after this morning's big announcement and believes it will improve everyday journeys for residents in the region on a road previously dubbed a "nightmare" by Beverley MP Graham Stuart.
He said: "This government is investing record amounts in our roads, spending £6bn to improve journeys in our towns and cities and boost local economies.
"These upgrades will be hugely important in helping ease traffic and improving everyday journeys for residents and businesses around Beverley.
"Our commitment of more than £40 million for the scheme will transform journeys in the area."
'Plans set to gather pace'
Stephen Parnaby has welcomed the approval
As part of the proposals green lit by government, a segregated pedestrian and cycle crossing will be created on the A1079, allowing people to cross the road safely.
This follows the government’s previous investment in the Beverley Southern Relief Road which opened in 2015.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding Council, has revealed what will happen next to the route which is often clogged up with 30,000 vehicles every day.
He said: "Securing government support and funding for these much-needed highway improvements at Jock’s Lodge Junction is fantastic news for motorists and members of the travelling public.
"The A164 and the A1079 are two of the busiest routes in the East Riding, with 30,000 and 20,000 vehicles using them per day, respectively.
"Jock’s Lodge junction, where the two roads meet, has historically always formed a pinch point. This causes congestion and results in delayed journeys for commuters and negatively impacts the productivity of businesses.
"With funding now in place, the council will move onto detailed preparation, procurement and construction."
MP hails 'fantastic news'
MP Graham Stuart
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has long been critical of the junction and has been at the forefront of the campaign to get it transformed.
After pressing the transport secretary to recognise the need for improvements at the accident blackspot, which is the East Riding's busiest road, he is now delighted to see money being spent on the junction.
He said: “It is fantastic news that the accident-prone Jock’s Lodge junction will be seeing major improvements after it was announced that a record £40m is being made available by the Department Transport to revamp the East Riding’s busiest intersection.
“For too long, residents, businesses and visitors have suffered as a result of long delays and accidents, which were threatening the future growth of this part of the world.
MP Graham Stuart, right, at the junction with East Riding ward councillors David Elvidge and Kerri Harold
"It has been a challenging campaign against the odds but I welcome the Department for Transport’s decision and would like to pay tribute to the hard-working officers at East Riding Council for succeeding with this vital and much-needed bid.”
As part of the project, £10.2m has been contributed by East Riding Council although the majority of money has come from the government's Large Local Majors fund, which provides money for infrastracture which in turns helps sustain economic growth.
The upgrades are set to be completed by 2022.