£27m plan to transform Beverley's transport network will be revealed at exhibition
A £27M transport plan shaping the future for Beverley motorists will be unveiled to the public tomorrow.
Schemes up for scrutiny will include the long-awaited Beverley Southern Relief Road, changes to the Grovehill junction, Swinemoor roundabout and the Flemingate level crossing.
They are all aimed at giving Beverley a more modern traffic system, cutting congestion and boosting business.
East Riding Council wants to spell out the benefits before embarking on work it admits will cause up to two years of disruption.
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The public exhibition is being held from 10am to 7.30pm at the Treasure House in Beverley.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: "The public exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for residents to look at the plans for this important infrastructure scheme and ask any questions they may have.
"While there may be some unavoidable short-term disruption, the long-term benefits for residents and the travelling public will include a reduction in congestion and improved traffic flows.
"The council is committed to investing in the East Riding's infrastructure and schemes like this, the A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley Route Improvement Scheme and other projects such as the refurbishment of Haltemprice Leisure Centre and other amenities, improve residents' day-to-day lives."
Infrastructure schemes like those outlined by Councillor Parnaby also create construction jobs that boost the local economy in the short-term.
Mr Parnaby said: "The Beverley Integrated Transport Plan will provide immediate benefits by allowing businesses to share in its delivery, providing a boost for the economy by safeguarding jobs in the construction industry and its supply chain.
"It will also provide an opportunity for young people to gain valuable work experience and improve employability and skills."
Members of the council's project development team will be at the Treasure House event to answer questions and discuss aspects of the scheme.
Completed tender documents have been returned to the council and will be evaluated prior to the completion of a full approval bid, which will be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in February.
Subject to the DfT finalising the funding grant, works will begin on site this summer for completion in early 2015.
That timetable means work on the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan is likely to immediately follow the completion of the £10m A164 improvement scheme.
After enduring a year of delays on the main artery into Beverley, drivers will then experience disruption elsewhere.
But having the construction jobs follow each other, rather than being spaced out, increases the chance of jobs being maintained.
For more details on the council's proposals, visit www2.eastriding.gov.uk and search for "integrated transport plan".