A £22 million project to improve road ways and reduce traffic volume in the centre of the market town of Beverley continues to make good progress.
The project is scheduled to reach completion in early 2015 and once complete will see traffic decreasing on key routes throughout the town.
The Beverley Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) – which is one of the largest capital investments undertaken by East Riding of Yorkshire Council – has included the creation of the Beverley Southern Relief Road (BSRR) and amendments to Grovehill junction. In addition, signing works – designed to reclassify the road network – have been undertaken, along with the installation of Swinemoor roundabout and Flemingate level crossing.
In December 2011, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the scheme had successfully secured funding. Contractor Birse Civils was then appointed as the main contractor to take the project forward, with working beginning in July 2013.
Archaeological investigation works were undertaken during the early stages of the project, whilst power cables were raised and diverted underground.
As part of the scheme, Shepherds Lane was permanently closed to vehicles in July 2013, however upon completion of the project the road will reopen to pedestrians. Meanwhile traffic diversions and temporary closures have been in place, including the temporary closure of Long Lane.
In late November/early December 2014 improvement works at Grovehill junction reached completion. Meanwhile resurfacing works took place along Swinemoor Lane at the same time, with new – larger – water pipes installed to combat any future increases in water capacity. The water pipes are an important addition and moving forward will assist Yorkshire Water to better serve the Swinemoor Estate.
Mathew Snowden Electrical Contractors Ltd specialise in electrical installations and site temporary works in the domestic commercial and industrial sectors. Recently the firm delivered fire alarm installation services, electrical testing and inspection works and installed power supplies throughout site compounds for this scheme of works.
Matthew Snowden, Managing Director of Mathew Snowden Electrical Contractors Ltd, commented:
“It was important to be involved with this scheme as it is great for our business to work with Balfour Beatty and be associated with them.”
Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, said:
“The scheme represents excellent value for money and will enhance Beverley’s transport infrastructure, reducing congestion and improving traffic flows, plus immediate benefits such as the involvement of the local business community in its delivery, safeguarding jobs and providing the opportunity for local young people to gain valuable work experience and improve skills and prospects for employment.
“While there has been some short term pain, unavoidable due to the nature of the works, the long term gains of this scheme will be enjoyed by motorists and the travelling public for many years to come.”
The BITP has been carefully planned so that disruption to motorists has been kept to a minimum and where possible East Riding of Yorkshire Council has kept local residents and motorists updated on the progress of the scheme.
For more information about the project, please visit: www.eastriding.gov.uk/beverley-integrated-transport-plan/.