Bridlington regeneration scheme steps up a gear

A major regeneration scheme to improve vehicle and pedestrian access around Bridlington has now started, with local contractor PBS Construction beginning work on diverting the Gypsey Race.

Funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and £5.75m from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Phase 2 of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BridITP2) will also help support future development in the town, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “The regeneration of Bridlington is now gathering momentum and the council is pleased to be working with a local contractor in PBS Construction to deliver the second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan.

“When complete, this scheme will represent a significant investment in terms of transport infrastructure in Bridlington and will also help create the right conditions for developers to invest in the town.”

BridITP2 will include:

  • Hilderthorpe Road being widened to provide a three-lane carriageway, one lane in each direction and a right-turn lane, to allow easier and quicker traffic flow
  • The realignment of Beck Hill and a new bridge over the Gypsey Race to improve town centre access
  • traffic flow along Manor Street being reversed and Bridge Street becoming one-way
  • new signage will also be erected.
    Phase 2 of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BITP)

These works are part of a two-year programme and will involve PBS Construction:

  • excavating and laying new roads and shared footpaths/cycleways
  • raising the level of Beck Hill before installing the new bridge
  • enable the implementation of an extended 20mph zone
  • widening and improving pedestrian facilities in Manor Street and Bridge Street.

Pete Smurthwaite, managing director of PBS Construction, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded the contract for this prestigious project, which will continue the regeneration of Bridlington.

“As a company, it is important to have continuity of work and with this scheme being of 18 months duration it will employ a good proportion of our workforce. The council is also keen for their contractors to increase employment of apprentices and other skills and engage fully with the local community, which we will be looking to do.

“We are obviously very pleased that, as a local company, we have been given the opportunity to tender for this scheme and be successful with our bid to work with the council on this regenerative project.”

The council would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding while these important works are taking place. The more work that can be carried out during the summer months, when the weather is good, the shorter the overall scheme programme will be.

Statutory undertakers, such as telecoms, gas, water and electricity suppliers, have been on site for several months, disconnecting services to demolished properties and, more recently, working on larger diversion works.

Yorkshire Water will start work on diverting an existing water main from under Hilderthorpe Road to the adjacent grass verge. This will involve the closure of Hilderthorpe Road, between Springfield Avenue and Bridge Street, from Tuesday, 23 August for several weeks. Access to properties will be maintained, but a diversion route will be in place along Springfield Avenue, Prospect Street, Manor Street and Bridge Street for all other traffic.

The council is also co-ordinating with other utility companies to ensure as many works as possible can be carried out during the same closure. The intention is for works to be suspended over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

To reduce the potential for congestion, the council would encourage visitors to Bridlington to use the Park & Ride facility to the south of the town and Limekiln Lane Car Park to the north of the town as well as the land train services.

The council will also be placing advisory signage for through traffic to avoid the town centre.

The council has discussed service provision with bus operator EYMS, to reduce disruption to public transport, which will see contingencies in place to support town centre services and the 121 route from Hull to Scarborough. Bus stops on Hilderthorpe Road, between Station Road and Bridge Street, will be suspended during the works but with signage to indicate alternative stops.

To check real time bus information, visit www.eyms.co.uk

The council will provide regular updates on the progress of these works via its social media accounts.

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