Work on new £3.9m Shiptonthorpe roundabout to start in April

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will start work on a major highway improvement scheme at Shiptonthorpe Roundabout on Monday, 8 April. The proposed scheme involves increasing the capacity of the roundabout by widening the entry and exit lanes and provides a new fifth arm on the A1079.

The £3.9m scheme includes a £3.12m contribution from the Government’s Local Growth Fund secured by York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, following a successful bid by the council. The works are expected to be complete by Christmas, 2019.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the delays and congestion that can form on the A1079 approaches to the roundabout at peak times and to cater for future traffic growth. The proposed fifth arm at the roundabout will allow traffic to bypass the existing accesses to McDonalds, the petrol filling station and the garden centre, therefore creating safer access and egress whilst maintaining through flow on the A1079.

The proposed scheme involves increasing the capacity of the roundabout by widening the entry and exit lanes and provides a new fifth arm on the A1079.

The works will be carried out by Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd and in order to minimise disruption to the travelling public and residents, the following working restrictions will be put in place:

? Between the hours of 6.30am and 7pm, free flowing single lane traffic movement will be maintained in all directions.
? 4/5 way traffic signals are only permitted between the hours of 7pm – 6.30am.
? Noisy operations such as hydraulic breaking out, mechanical cutting, planing and reversing bleepers are not permitted between the hours of 11pm and 6.30am.
? The existing 30mph limit on the A1079 Market Weighton leg will be temporarily extended to cover the extent of the works area.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at the council, said: “I am very pleased that we will soon be able to deliver this major improvement scheme on a key route.

“This is another good example of the council’s excellent record in successfully bidding for additional funding to support the delivery of larger infrastructure schemes, and this particular scheme should have a positive impact on all those using the A1079 at this location”.

David Dickson, Chair of the Infrastructure Board for the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding Enterprise Partnership said: “The work on the A1079 at Shiptonthorpe will complement the £900,000 Local Growth Funding that we have already invested to improve traffic flow at the Killingwoldgraves roundabout.

“The A1079 provides the primary transport link between York and Hull, connecting communities and businesses along the route including the key market towns of Pocklington, Market Weighton and Beverley. The road is vital for freight accessing the Humber ports and for the supply of labour to York and Hull.

“The junction is on the route that links South and West Yorkshire to the North and East Yorkshire coast including the coastal settlements of Bridlington and Scarborough, and is therefore a key tourism route that is also relied on by our fishing industries to quickly transport their catch to locations across the country. This investment demonstrates the LEP’s commitment to improve East-West Connectivity in the area, and benefits a huge number of our communities and industries.”

The Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building an economy which is fit for the future.

“Backed by £3.12m of the Local Growth Fund, this major infrastructure project will improve traffic flow on a key route between York and Hull, vital for freight access to the Humber Ports and enhance links across this area of Yorkshire, bringing enormous benefits to businesses and communities.”

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused to motorists during these works; however, the working restrictions imposed should help minimise disruption. We hope that road users and residents will bear with us whilst we complete this very important project”.

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