Drivers warned as series of roads to close as work starts on £22m flood scheme

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2017

Drivers are being warned to expect a series of road closures when work starts on a major new £22m flood alleviation scheme later this month.

The three-year project will reduce the risk of flooding to around 3,200 homes and 70 businesses in Anlaby, Kirk Ella and parts of west Hull.

It involves the construction of a large storage lagoon at the site of the former Sydney Smith school in First Lane, Anlaby and a number of surface water collection points on higher ground to the west.

They will be connected by a new storm water drain, culverts and watercourses.

Initial work on the scheme starts on July 24 when the first in a series of temporary road closures will take place in the Beverley Road area of Kirk Ella.

They include:

• The junction of South Ella Drive with Beverley Road closing from Monday, July 24, and re-opening on Sunday, September 17. Traffic will be diverted via Beverley Road, South Ella Way and West Ella Way.

• A section of Tranby Lane, at the junction with Beverley Road, closing from Monday, July 24 and re-opening on Tuesday, September 5. Traffic will be diverted via Beverley Road, Woodland Drive and Croft View.

• A stretch of Woodland Drive, at the junction with Beverley Road, closing from Tuesday, September 5 and re-opening on Sunday, October 15. Traffic will be diverted via Beverley Road, South Ella Way and Broadley Avenue.

• A section of Beverley Road between the junctions with Lowfield Road and Marr Bridge closing between Tuesday, September 5, and Friday, October 27. Traffic will be diverted via Tranby Lane, the A164, and Boothferry Road.

Officials from East Riding Council say the road closures are necessary to allow improvement work to be carried out on the existing Western Drain, which runs alongside Beverley Road through Kirk Ella and Anlaby.

Dave Waudby, the council's head of infrastructure and facilities, said: “We would like to thank residents, businesses and motorists in advance for their patience and understanding during these temporary road closures.

“The closures are essential to our engineering works and will help prevent further disruption in the future.

“This will be short-term pain for long-term gain and the majority of the closures have been scheduled during the school holidays."

Temporary traffic lights will be used at some of the sites while footpath access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained where possible.

The work is being carried out by East Riding Council in partnership with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency and is the latest in a series of major projects to be brought forward as a result of the devastating floods of 2007.

As well as flood alleviation measures, the scheme will also see the creation of sports pitches and new changing facilities at the First Lane site.

Hull-based civil engineering firm PBS Construction has been appointed to deliver the first phase of the project.

Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “I am extremely pleased that work will soon begin on this major project which, when it’s complete, will help minimise the risk of flooding to thousands of properties.

“The council and our partner agencies will continue to work on further flood alleviation schemes to help protect our communities in the future."



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