A major route through Hull is set to receive an upgrade after £7.5m funding was allocated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
LEP Chair Lord Haskins announced at the partnership’s AGM this morning that the LEP had decided to allocate the funding to Hull City Council’s proposal for the Stoneferry Road corridor in order to support continued economic growth.
The funding, from the Local Growth Fund, will support the development and delivery of an integrated transport scheme for Stoneferry Road that will:
- improve access to several Humber Enterprise Zone sites
- improve journey times and journey time reliability
- enhance facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
- address congestion hot spots that impact the Stoneferry Road corridor
This corridor work will support the A63 and Garrison Road roundabout improvements that Highways England are planning to deliver over the next few years by addressing congestion levels.
The work will help to ensure the continued viability and competitiveness of existing employment sites, and that Hull and the wider region can continue to build on the momentum of recent major investments.
Hull City Council is developing a business case for the funding which will be submitted to the LEP for final approval later this year.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, 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.”
Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Investment and Planning at Hull City Council, 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.”
Stoneferry Road forms part of the A1033 Primary Route Network leading to the Port of Hull and provides a strategic east–west and north-south transport link in Hull. It is both the principal means of access to key employment sites within the Stoneferry Road corridor such as the Heartlands Enterprise Zones, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate (6,000 employees), the Port of Hull including the East Hull Enterprise Zones (anticipated to create approximately 1,600 jobs) and it also provides wider connectivity between residential areas in north east Hull and other key employment sites including the city centre (City Centre Enterprise Zone sites anticipated to lead to the creation of approximately 800 jobs).
Traffic congestion on the corridor is significant and it has a detrimental impact on the efficient movement of people and goods using the highway network as both a strategic link and to gain access to local commercial and retail development. This is most acute during peak travel periods and forecasts indicate that congestion will continue to worsen with future traffic growth.
Other key transport projects in the LEP’s investment programme include the enhancement of the rail line to the South Humber ports, access to Enterprise Zone sites around Stallingborough and improvements in Bridlington town centre. Forthcoming projects include a replacement bridge on the A18 in Melton Ross and a landmark new bridge over the A63 Castle Street in Hull. Work on Anlaby Road and Park Street in Hull, the A161 in Goole, Grovehill Bridge in Beverley and Cartergate in Grimsby has been completed in the last year.