St Stephen's boss in call to pedestrianise Hull's Ferensway after latest accident
A SHOPPING centre manager is leading the calls for one of the main roads through Hull city centre to be partly pedestrianised.
Jim Harris, manager of St Stephen's shopping centre, has put forward the idea after a 35-year-old cyclist was injured in an accident with a lorry.
However, Hull City Council said the move would not be practical.
A Humberside Police spokeswoman told the Mail the road was closed for an hour from 5.30pm on Wednesday after the cyclist collided with the side of the lorry near, the Anlaby Road junction.
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The cyclist suffered a fractured wrist and injuries to his knees.
Mr Harris said: "The accident happened a little further down from us. We have noticed more and more cyclists coming along Ferensway.
"I think they should look to pedestrianise part of Ferensway allowing just pedestrians, buses, cyclists and taxis to use part of the road.
"The road can be quite frustrating for drivers as there are quite a lot of traffic lights and it is a bit stop-start along the road.
"They should consider pedestrianising Ferensway from the Anlaby Road junction to near Blundell's Corner."
The area has been the scene of numerous accidents in recent years, for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Jack Fisher died after being hit by a bus while trying to cross the Brook Street junction with Ferensway more than four years ago.
In May 2009, a cyclist was knocked down by a bus as it turned right on to Brook Street.
Pete Dove is the welfare officer and ride co-ordinator of the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of one of the UK's largest cycling charity, Cycle Touring Club.
He said: "Cycling along a road like Ferensway is nerve-wracking. There isn't enough space.
"Ferensway is a no-no for me. I tend to just cycle around the local streets in Anlaby."
Speaking about Wednesday's accident, East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) commercial manager Bob Rackley, said: "Our buses were delayed by about half an hour.
"They had to go out of the back way out of the bus station but couldn't go across the railway bridge on Park Street because of their weight.
"There have been talks about the pedestrianisation of Ferensway but what would be the alternative for lorries and the impact on the side streets with the extra cars?
"It is a difficult one and one that we have spoken to Hull City Council about."
Despite the calls for pedestrianisation, Graham Hall, assistant head of service for transport at Hull City Council, said: "We do not consider it is practical to pedestrianise any part of Ferensway as it is one of the main routes in and out of the city.
"We are committed to raising awareness of road safety and, in particular, for drivers to be mindful of pedestrians and vulnerable road users such as cyclists."