Plans to reclassify B1244 as an A road would 'put Hornsea on the map'
RESIDENTS have welcomed proposals to reclassify one of the main roads to Hornsea.
A consultation with town and parish councils along the B1244 is currently under way, with a view to it becoming an A road.
Mark Jessop, principal transport policy officer for East Riding Council, said it would "put Hornsea on the map".
He said: "On some maps, which don't show B roads, Hornsea is just a dot on the coast.
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"We have been receiving requests for some time to reclassify the road as an A road.
"It would lead to additional funding for maintenance, more money to keep it in a better condition and more inspections.
"What it wouldn't mean is that the road would be made wider, straighter and a dual carriageway."
The road links Hornsea to the A165 Beverley to Bridlington road.
The decision on reclassification used to lie with the Department for Transport (DfT). However, now the local authority can make the decision, with the move going to the DfT for final agreement and to get a number.
Although Mr Jessop has said no decision will be finalised until the councils and residents have had their say, improvements are already being made.
A drainage scheme is currently under way to relieve flooding in Catwick.
North Holderness ward councillor Barbara Jefferson said she has been asking for the road to be reclassified for 15 years.
She said: "I'm over the moon as it will increase the maintenance programme.
"It is wonderful news.
"We want extra traffic to come to Hornsea and the roads to be maintained regularly. This will help with that."
As part of a series of maintenance works, flashing 30mph signs are being introduced in Seaton.
Nicki Salvidge, chairman of Seaton Parish Council, said: "I am really pleased we are finally getting the signs. It has taken some time.
"Mainly it's thanks to a group of volunteers in the village, who worked with Humberside Police doing speed watch sessions.
"That gave us the evidence to take to the council.
"We then had the backing of the police and Cllr Jefferson, which resulted in East Riding Council doing their own check.
"We found cars coming through the village at 45mph. Speeding and traffic are two of the main concerns of residents. The traffic coming through has increased a lot during the past few years."
Mrs Salvidge, who is also a member of the Hornsea and District Chamber of Trade, said an A road could be a big boost to Hornsea.
"It will mean more maintenance on the road," she said.
"From the chamber point of view it can only be good for the town.
"From the parish point of view as long as people go to the speed limit I cannot see there being any issues."