£2.8m for urgent roadworks in Hull and East Yorkshire
TWO major road improvement projects are to go ahead in East Yorkshire after the Government approved plans to ease traffic snarl-ups.
The Department for Transport has allocated more than £1.8m for urgent work on the Anlaby Road flyover.
Hull City Council will also contribute £700,000 towards the £2.5m project, which is due to start towards the end of this year and be completed by October 2015.
Also among the ten projects to have been approved nationally is a new five-arm roundabout at the staggered crossroads between the A614 Airmyn Road and Glews Garage in Goole.
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This scheme has received £1m, with the majority of the remaining £1.5m coming from local contributors, such as developers.
The west Hull flyover, close to the KC Stadium, was built in 1965 and is one of the city's key access roads.
The work required includes concrete repairs, waterproofing and bridge joint replacements.
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for environment, transport and emergency planning at Hull City Council, said: "To receive the news of being successful with our bid is great news for Hull and will now allow us to make vital repairs and improvements that are needed to this busy flyover.
"We expect the works to start later this year and we do not foresee the works will cause a significant disruption to motorists."
News of the funding has come as a relief to East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) whose bus depot is near the flyover.
Councillor Mancey had said buses would have to be banned from using the flyover if urgent repairs were not carried out within the next few years.
Bob Rackley, commercial manager at EYMS, said: "We are very pleased the funding is in place.
"A possible weight restriction would have caused major problems to our services.
"The flyover is in a state, if you look underneath.
"We will be talking to the council about the work to try to mitigate any problems to our services.
"Most of the work will be to the structure, so it may not be that disruptive."
The funding is the first allocation of the £170m Local Pinch Point Fund programme, which will enable early delivery of schemes to remove bottlenecks.
East Riding Council hope the roundabout work in Goole will remove highway constraints, which are restricting the development and investment potential in the area.
The work on the A614 is due to start in October and finish in April next year.
According to the council's funding bid, the roundabout, which includes a new access road, unlocks a number of projects that will potentially create more than 1,200 new jobs and safeguard more than 360 existing jobs.
An East Riding Council spokesman said: "The council is very pleased that its bid for the A614 new roundabout scheme has been successful and it is particularly impressive that the scheme is in the first ten to be announced out of a total of 170 bids nationwide.
"The grant, together with local contributions from developers, means the scheme will be at minimal cost to the council, which is also good news."