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Council’s plans to resolve town’s traffic issues

A zebra crossing for Middle Street South near Wilko and B&M?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Driffield Town Councillors have agreed on four major priorities which they hope will resolve issues of congestion and parking in the town.

At their January meeting, councillors put forward their suggestions which they hope East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) will accept as revisions to the Local Transport Plan.

The four priorities include

  • A review of parking to improve footway access and smooth traffic flow on Middle Street North
  • To consider the introduction of echelon parking on the western side of Middle Street South between Lockwood Street and George Street
  • To install a zebra crossing on Middle Street near to Wilko and B&M
  • To introduce a 20mph zone on Victoria Road near to King’s Mill School.

Every local authority in England outside London has an obligation to produce a Local Transport Plan for their area.

A Local Transport Plan assesses an area’s transport needs and challenges and sets out different ways in which these challenges will be addressed.

ERYC published its latest version in March 2015 for the period 2015-2029.ERYC receives funding from the Department for Transport to deliver a three-year programme of minor works. This is the Integrated Transport Block Grant.

As a ‘Principal Town’, Driffield receives the same initial allocation of funding as Bridlington, Beverley and Goole. This is around £180,000 over three years.

The current three-year programme of minor works was developed in consultation with ward councillors, town and parish councils and other local stakeholders. Projects were suggested by these stakeholders and then prioritised using a system based on the potential achievement of Local Transport Plan objectives and cost.

The Local Transport Plan effectively sets the priorities but there is flexibility to address issues identified by local stakeholders, such as Town and Parish Councils.

A spokesperson for ERYC said: “As Driffield Town Council has requested changes to the programme we will need to assess the suggested schemes to see if they meet Local Transport Plan priorities and consult technical officers to see if they are feasible.

“A firm proposal to change the programme would then be put to ward councillors to ensure that we have their support as elected representatives.”

At their meeting, councillors also raised the issue of cars parking along Mill Street causing congestion around the roundabout adjacent to NatWest Bank and have asked if double yellow lines can be installed.

A discussion then followed in relation to traffic hold-ups during times when Wilko receives deliveries.

Councillors agreed the main problem occurs when cars park along Middle Street causes obstructions to the flow of traffic.

It was suggested the wide footpath outside of Wilko could be converted into a loading bay for use only by the delivery lorries. These issues have also been forwarded to Mark Jessop, Highways officer at the ERYC, for consideration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_message icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-car”]

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