Pavement dug up days after being installed in East Riding Council blunder
A PAVEMENT in an East Riding town has been dug up just days after being installed because of a mistake.
Traffic-calming measures, including extending kerbing in Oxford Road, Goole, had been completed but were later ripped up after engineers were supplied with the wrong designs by East Riding Council.
Councillor Keith Moore, who sits on the Goole Town Council, said the mistake has caused unnecessary disruption in the town.
He said: "When I first saw the changes, I asked East Riding Council for the reasoning behind them because they would cause more problems than they would solve.
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"Then, a couple of days later, they were taken out and I was told the contractors had been given the wrong designs.
"Had this been carried out by the council's direct labour force instead of contractors, I am sure this mistake would have been picked up on.
"We are all human and we all make mistakes but surely somebody from the council should have been overseeing these roadworks and seen there was no purpose to the changes."
Cllr Moore, who lives in Goole, is making enquiries to see how much the mistake cost but says traffic calming measures are needed in the town.
He said: "The roadworks took three or four days to complete, so there must have been some costs involved with that and I am trying to find out just how much was lost.
"Speeding traffic is a concern but if the irresponsible few drove responsibly then we wouldn't have to make these changes.
"I would welcome any measures that would make the town safer, especially as we have a very busy school."
The council has since apologised to motorists and residents in the town for the mistake.
Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at the council, said: "Unfortunately, due to an engineering error, the contractor was supplied with the wrong design documents, resulting in modifications being installed at the junction.
"The error was quickly identified and has now been corrected to reinstate the original kerb-line at minimal cost to the council.
"The council would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused and would like to assure residents that the processes involved are being reviewed and measures put in place to avoid such errors in the future."
The roadworks, with the correct designs, are being carried out on the crossroad with Oxford Road, Clifton Gardens and Centenary Road, close to Goole High School.
The council says the work is necessary to improve road safety in the area.
Mr Waudby said: "The council and its contractor, Hall Construction, are currently undertaking traffic-calming works, which will include speed cushions and a raised speed table at the junction.
"The work is being carried out to address the area's collis- ion history, with 12 casualties in the past three years, and reduce incidents of speeding, an issue identified by Safer Roads Humber, which has been carrying out enforcement activity over the past year."