Beverley bypass will generate work for local firms, say East Riding Council leaders
BEVERLEY'S £27m new bypass will generate work for businesses around the town, say council leaders.
East Riding Council is preparing to put the scheme out to tender within the next two weeks for a contractor to undertake the long-awaited scheme.
The successful bidder will be expected to use sub-contractors from East Yorkshire on the 18-month development.
Apprenticeships and work experience places will also have to be made available.
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The bypass, which would skirt the southern edge of the town, would steer traffic away from historic streets.
East Riding Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: "The scheme has to go out to tender and, hopefully, it will go to a local contractor. We will do our best to secure that.
"If not, we will have a clause in there to use local sub- contractors, as seen on the A164 scheme."
Seventy per cent of the sub-contracted work on the £10m improvement project on the A164 is being carried out by local businesses.
The council insists it also wants to see a high percentage of work on the Beverley bypass scheme to go to businesses on the area
It also wants to see at least ten apprenticeships, 15 work experience places and site visits for college, university and school students.
Council officials will require final approval from the Department of Transport following the tender process.
The Government, which is contributing £20m to the scheme cost, is expected to give the final green light in February.
Work would then get underway in July following the acquisition of 31 acres of required land, already agreed with the landowners without the need for compulsory purchase orders.
The bypass is to be built between the A164 Morrisons roundabout and the A1174 Hull Road, steering heavy traffic away from the historic town centre.
Cllr Parnaby said: "All being well we will be on site in July.
"We have still got the final technical hurdle with the Department of Transport, which should be nothing more than that.
"It has gone fairly smoothly since we got the approval last December."
Cllr Parnaby said the scheme, which traffic-weary residents have wanted for 50 years, will be a major boost for Beverley.
As well as taking through-traffic away from the congested town centre, it will also relieve the traffic headache in the narrow streets around Beverley Minster.
Cllr Parnaby said: "It will be fantastic news for the town.
"It will dramatically reduce through-traffic in the town centre and ensure people can move around much better on their journeys.
"It will be better for residents and traders, it will make Beverley a far better place."