Cycle lane improvement works have started in Freetown Way. The work will include pop-up cycle lanes with the removal of the inside lane for motorists. This means the newly segregated route between Witham and the Beverley Road-Ferensway junction will be for cyclists only.
Additional signage and green road markings will also be installed. An anti-skid surface will also be laid where the lane crosses a side road. The authority will also be trialling the removal of the right turn movement from Freetown Way into Great Union Street. Motorists should make the right turn at Clarence Street. Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: "We want cyclists to feel safe when they use our roads. This is why we are installing segregated cycle lanes and increasing the road space for them."
The work is being fast-tracked in line with funding allocated by the Department for Transport (DfT) emergency active travel grant. Councillor Hale said: "We need to start the work immediately so we can meet the requirements for this vital DfT funding and that's why schemes such as the one in Freetown Way are being progressed at speed.
"This means we will be changing our usual consultation process and inviting the public for comments once the work has been carried out." The works are expected to finish on Friday 4 September. Hull firm Ashcourt Group has been appointed to carry out cycle improvement works in Freetown Way.