MAJOR TRANSPORT INVESTMENT IN THE EAST RIDING FOLLOWING LEP FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has secured £8.5 million of funding to deliver the second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan and vital maintenance work on the A645 Newland Bridge.
The successful bids for the two schemes were submitted to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan Phase 2 – £7 million) and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (Newland Bridge – £1.5 million) by the council’s transport policy team, with work programmed to take place on both in 2015/16.
In terms of the Newland Bridge works, the council is currently undertaking surveys, monitoring ground conditions and drawing up a programme of works to improve the important access route to Drax Power Station.
Works on phase two of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan will see major work undertaken in the town centre, with Hilderthorpe Road being widened, Beck Hill being realigned, a new plaza outside Bridlington Train Station and the widening of footpaths in Manor Street and Bridge Street. A programme is currently being finalised.
The council has also received provisional funding of £16.7 million from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership to undertake maintenance work across the East Riding A-road network, with a programme set to be drawn up for implementation in 2016/17.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Securing funding for these important infrastructure schemes is excellent news and means we can now begin the process of finalising work programmes and getting on with delivering these investments, which will have benefits in both the short and long term.
“Improving the transport infrastructure of the East Riding is a top priority for this council and, thanks to our prudent financial management and ability to provide match funding, we have an excellent track record of securing external sources of funding for projects that safeguard jobs, boost the local economy and reduce journey times and congestion for motorists and the travelling public.
“We are also pleased to have received provisional funding of £16.7 million for highway maintenance, which will help ensure the area’s A-roads, of which we have one of the largest networks in the country, are in the best possible condition long-term.”