Work on an £868,000 off-road cycle lane along the A1035 will start on Monday, 23 September, with the first section of works between Tickton and White Cross Roundabout.
The A1035 section of the scheme, anticipated to take around 12 weeks to complete, will be constructed by Hull-based contractor PBS Construction and is being funded through the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Cycle Safety Fund, following a successful bid by the council’s transport policy team.
A further section of cycle lane along Swinemoor Lane, between Grovehill Roundabout and Swinemoor Lane Roundabout, will start and be completed next year.
The bid was one of only four successful applications for the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region and the third highest of the 78 successful bids announced nationwide.
Three cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on the A1035 in the last three years and this much-needed funding will enable the construction of an off-road cycle lane along this route, improving safety for cyclists.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “The A1035 carries approximately 17,000 vehicles a day, including 800 HGVs, and is the main route into Beverley from the east, providing access from the towns and villages in northern Holderness.
“The start of this scheme is more welcome news for the East Riding and is an example of this authority’s commitment to securing funding wherever possible to invest and improve the infrastructure of the area.
“Once complete, this new off-road cycle lane will be a major benefit to cyclists and will help form a continuous and safe off-road cycle lane between Hull, Dunswell, Woodmansey, Beverley, Tickton and Leven/Brandesburton and will complement similar cycling infrastructure developments along the A164 and those included in the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan.”
Mike Babbitt, Yorkshire and The Humber project manager at leading charity Sustrans, said: “This is great news for local cyclists and will hopefully also encourage people who don’t cycle to get on their bikes.
“Cycling is a fast, cheap and healthy way to travel yet only one in fifty local trips are by bike. People often cite safety as the reason why they don’t cycle. Investment like this will really encourage more people to get on their bikes for their everyday journeys.”