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Information about the plans for improving the A164 Jock's Lodge junction to improve traffic flow and journey times.
What are the transport issues on the A164 and at Jock's Lodge junction?
The A164 is a major route serving the south of the East Riding of Yorkshire, west Hull and Beverley. It is also part of our primary route network and has the highest volume of traffic in East Riding, with some sections carrying over 30,000 vehicles a day.
The A1079 is the main route between Hull and York and also connects local settlements including the Beverley, Market Weighton and Pocklington. On the approach to Jock’s Lodge, the A1079 carries around 20,000 vehicles a day.
Jock’s Lodge Junction, where the A1079 and A164 meet, is the busiest junction in the East Riding and forms a pinch point on the local road network. Traffic lights were introduced in 2010 and these have helped to improve the roads safety record at the junction. However, traffic levels continue to increase and this causes severe congestion and long queues along the A164 on the approaches to the junction at busy times.
What is the council doing to address the transport issues on the A164 and at Jock's Lodge?
In the government's 2016 Autumn Statement, it was announced that we had been awarded feasibility funding from the Department of Transport's Large Local Major Schemes Fund to develop a transport improvement scheme for the A164 and Jock's Lodge junction. It was one of only 12 proposals across England to receive feasibility funding.
This funding was used to develop an 'Outline Business Case', which set out a preferred scheme option and explained how this could be delivered and whether it would offer good value for money. This was submitted to the Department for Transport in December 2017.
In May 2018 it was announced that the scheme had successfully secured over £40m construction funding from the Department for Transport with the remainder of the scheme cost being funded by the council.
In Autumn 2022, the government affirmed funding support for the scheme in both the Growth Plan and the Autumn Statement.
The Full Business Case was submitted to the Department for Transport in May 2023, with a decision expected in September 2023.
What are the latest plans for the A164 and Jock's Lodge junction improvement scheme and how can I comment on these?
The scheme included in the Outline Business Case has changed because of the challenges with the surrounding infrastructure and the current economic climate resulting in an increase in construction costs.
Due to budgetary constraints this has presented, the section of the scheme from Castle Hill roundabout to Skidby roundabout in the original proposal has been removed. The southernmost extent of the main scheme will now be at Skidby roundabout, continuing north up to Minster Way, Beverley.
More details on the current proposal for the scheme can be found on the following website:
A series of public events were held in February 2020 for residents and businesses to provide feedback on the current scheme. All comments received as part of these events were carefully considered and fed into the scheme that was submitted for planning permission.
Can I see the Outline Business Case for the A164 and Jock's Lodge junction improvement scheme?
The Outline Business Case is available to view here:
If you would like copies of the supporting appendices please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the council doing at the junction for walkers, cyclists and other non-motorised users?
Improved facilities for non-motorised users will be incorporated to link with existing facilities on Minster Way and existing off-road routes and minor road networks to the south of Lazaat Hotel.
Combined cycle and pedestrian paths which are replaced as part of the works will be made wider than the current facilities. A signal controlled crossing point is proposed near to the Lazaat Hotel. Signalised equestrian crossing points are proposed near to Coppleflat Lane. Pedestrian and cycle crossing improvements are also proposed at Victoria Road roundabout and Regiment roundabout.
The removal of the Jock's Lodge Interchange traffic signals and closure of the existing slip roads will also improve north-south access for cyclists and pedestrians.
What is a Compulsory Purchase Order and why is it required?
A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is when the government, local authorities or utility companies have a Statutory Right to buy your property or land, or take a right over it, in certain circumstances. In order to exercise such rights the body must meet set criteria as laid down by statute. In particular, the authority must prove the purchase is in the public interest.
An Applicant does not have power to acquire the land until the appropriate steps have been taken to confirm the CPO. The applicants are also encouraged to agree land acquisition with the landowner rather than attempting to acquire by compulsion. Only when an agreement cannot be reached will be in a position to move forward with a CPO.
A CPO is primarily used in development that is considered to improve quality of life or as a public interest. The Statement of Reasons outlines intentions specific to the A164/Jock's Lodge junction improvement scheme and sets out why the land is required:
Where can I see the Compulsory Purchase Order for this scheme?
The Compulsory Purchase Order can be downloaded here and includes the copies of the schedules and plans relating to the order:
What is a Side Roads Order?
A Side Roads Order (SRO) is made under sections 14 and 125 and in accordance with Schedule 1 of the 1980 Highways Act.
The making and confirmation of the SRO enables the applicant to improve, raise, lower, direct or otherwise alter highways, stop-up highways, stop-up private means of access to premises required as a consequence of the construction of a classified road, and to provide new private means of access to premises.
Where can I see the Side Roads Order for this scheme?
The Side Roads Order can be downloaded here and includes copies of the schedules and plans relating to the order:
What happens next?
We submitted a planning application for the scheme at the end of March 2020.
Planning permission for the scheme was granted in July 2020.
Detailed design has now been completed and we are currently in the process of appointing a construction contractor for the works. Accommodation works by the utility companies is envisaged to commence in Summer 2023, followed by the main works to commence in late 2023. The main construction works are anticipated to be completed in late 2026.
To enable smoother delivery of the project and reduce the impact of the works on people travelling through the area, minor advance works for the scheme have been proposed which are anticipated to be on site in Summer 2023. This includes the relocation of bus stops from the A164 (north of Skidby roundabout) onto Main Street, Skidby, with a new roundabout at the junction of Main Street and Beverley Road to allow buses to turn around. Additionally, environmental and lighting improvements will be made to Mill Road and its existing bridge over the A164, to improve this route for walking and cycling.
Information regarding the proposed traffic management on the A164 and the A1079 will be available on the scheme website.