Other local transport schemes

 Information about other local transport schemes including the Safer Roads Fund, the Access Fund, major transport schemes and major highway projects.

What is the A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley scheme?

In May 2013, we completed a major highway scheme on the A164 between the Humber Bridge Roundabout and Beverley. The £10m scheme aimed to reduce congestion on one of our busiest roads, and improve journey times and reliability.

The scheme was funded by the Department for Transport and the council. One of the conditions of the funding was that we monitored the scheme after it had been completed. This allows us to assess whether it offered value for money and whether there are any lessons from this that we can use in the delivery of other large highway schemes.

The scheme has now been completed for over five years and we have collected comments and feedback on if the scheme has been successful in meeting its objectives.

A summary of the scheme can be viewed here:

Infographics linked (pdf 284kb)

More information on the scheme is available here:

A164 Humber Bridge - Beverley Road Improvement Scheme (pdf 434kb) 

Information is also available on what we are doing about the transport issues at Jock's Lodge on the A164

What is the Shiptonthorpe Roundabout Improvement Scheme?

We began work on a major highway improvement scheme at Shiptonthorpe Roundabout in April 2019. The project 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.

What is the Safer Roads Fund?

The Department for Transport invited proposals from eligible local highway authorities to improve the safety of 50 specific sections of local 'A' roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest. These roads have been identified by the Road Safety Foundation and the EuroRap rating process. The 'Safer Roads Fund' totals £175m between 2017/18 and 2020/21 with £25m allocated nationwide for 2017/18 to improve safety on these routes.

The A161 between Goole in East Yorkshire and the A18 in North Lincolnshire is one of the 50 highlighted routes and together East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council were successful in bidding for £4m to improve the safety of this road.

The work is now complete and monitoring continues.

What is the Active Travel Fund?

The Covid-19 pandemic and the need to social distance, especially on public transport, has led to the Government encouraging and supporting travelling on foot or by bike, particularly for essential journeys including commuting, education and amenity journeys.

As a result the Government announced its new Emergency Active Travel Fund in May 2020 and invited local authorities to bid for the first stage of funding.

We were successful in gaining £123,000 of this funding in June 2020 to spend on promoting walking and cycling specifically as alternatives to public transport. Using this funding, our East Riding Safer Spaces programme includes a number of schemes which have already been completed:

  • Improving pedestrian and cycling routes to the key services area of Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham
  • Improving existing footways and cycleways along main bus routes to restore them to their original widths
  • Additional cycle parking

  In July 2020, we were invited to bid for a second stage of funding from the Active Travel Fund and it was announced in November 2020 that we were successful in gaining a further £467,400 of funds.

The second stage of funding is focussed on our East Riding Safer Spaces programme and includes the following areas:

Partial pedestrianisation of part of Saturday Market, Beverley

This scheme is aimed at creating additional space for pedestrians and cyclists, providing space for outside seating to help businesses, encouraging more trips by foot or bike into the town centre and helping social distances.

The proposal is designed to be a temporary measure with the option to make it permanent following the trial period.

The idea was put forward for funding following positive feedback to initial consultation carried out in summer 2020 including businesses in Saturday Market, ward councillors, Beverley Town Council and the Civic Society.

School Streets

Two trial School Street projects were proposed to encourage walking and cycling to school:

School Streets project

Bridlington shared footway/cycleway

A new off-road footway/cycleway is proposed along Marton Road to provide a safer link between residential areas, schools and other amenities in order to encourage cycling and walking.

Improving existing footways and cycleways

Some of the funding has been allocated to improving off-road footways and cycleways alongside public transport routes by widening them out to their original widths to encourage use and provide extra social distancing space.

Cycle Parking

Additional secure cycle parking is proposed at various locations throughout the East Riding.

Consultation Plan

Details of the consultation on all schemes are available:

Active Travel Fund Consultation Plan (pdf 144kb)

What is the National Productivity Investment Fund?

In the 2016 Autumn Statement it was announced that a new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will provide an additional £23 billion over the next four years to ensure the UK’s economy is fit for the future. Some of the NPIF will be used to pay for transport improvements to help tackle congestion, maintain highway assets and support economic growth. 

£185m from the NPIF has been allocated for transport in 2017/18. This funding will be distributed to local authorities on a formula basis. We received an additional £1.992m to spend on transport infrastructure in 2017/18. This helped to fund major repair works at Tickton Bridge including the replacement of the bridge bearings, concrete repairs, drainage works, and new bridge joints. The total cost of the repairs was around £3.5m, with the remaining funding coming from our existing highway maintenance funding allocation.

Local authorities also have an opportunity to bid for NPIF for 2018/19 and 2019/20. We submitted a successful NPIF bid in June 2017 for a new roundabout at the A164/Great Gutter Lane/Riplingham Road junction and work began in spring 2019. Our bid and supporting documents:

NPIF Application Form (pdf 156kb)

NPIF Application Appendices (pdf 4.5mb)

How do you fund larger transport schemes?

The role of a  Local Transport Plan (LTP) is to develop a number of small-scale transport improvements for the local area that are monitored as part of the  capital investment programme.

There are not sufficient funds available through the LTP to pay for major transport schemes such as new roads, or for large scale packages of improvements. There are a number of different ways in which local transport authorities can bid for funding for these larger schemes.

What is the Access Fund?

In the Chancellor's 2015 Autumn Statement it was announced that £60 million would be made available for a new Access Fund running between 2017/18 and 2019/20. The Access Fund will benefit local authorities who wish to deliver sustainable transport projects that seek to grow the economy by boosting levels of cycling and walking and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.

The council submitted a bid to the Access Fund in September 2016 and in January 2017 it was announced that the bid had been successful. Our ‘Get Active East Riding’ project is focused on improvements in our four principal towns (Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Goole) and is based around four themes, all of which support the objectives of the fund:

  • Supporting the local economy by improving sustainable access to large employers and key employment sites  
  • Improving access to education by working with schools to increase the number of school trips made on foot or by bike  
  • Targeted road safety campaigns to reduce the number of walkers and cyclists involved in collisions in our four target settlements  
  • Repairs and maintenance of existing footways and cycle links leading to key education and employment sites in our target settlements.

The project started in April 2017. 

Our bid and supporting documents:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Access Fund Bid (pdf 748kb)

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Access Fund Bid appendices (pdf 7.2mb)

How do you pay for the maintenance of local roads?

The council receives grant funding for maintaining our local road network. In order to boost our  existing grant funding we submitted a bid for additional funding for maintenance of our 'A' classified roads to the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership in 2015 for which there is a supporting business case:

A Road Maintenance Final Business Case 2016 (pdf 5.1mb)

In February 2016 it was announced that this bid had been successful and as a result we will receive an extra £3.34 million per year for the next five years (2016/17-2020/21) to help maintain our 'A' roads.

How can I find out about the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan?

In December 2011 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) had been successful in securing major transport scheme funding from central government. 

The £22 million scheme included a new southern relief road for the town (known as Minster Way) and associated highway improvements and was completed in March 2015. A general information leaflet is available to view: 

BITP information leaflet (pdf 3mb)

As part of the conditions of the BITP funding we have developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (MEP) to monitor the BITP scheme objectives and outcomes. We reported on these to the Department of Transport one year after the scheme opened and there will be another report five years from opening. The information collected as part of the MEP will help us understand the impacts of the BITP and the way traffic travels around Beverley.

BITP Monitoring and Evaluation Report (MEP) (pdf 928kb)

BITP Monitoring and Evaluation Report (MEP) appendices (pdf 10mb)

What is the Challenge Fund?

The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund reflects the government's strong commitment to ensure that we have well maintained local highway infrastructure fit for the 21st century. It was first announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.

The purpose of the fund is to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to deliver through the usual formula funding allocations they receive from government. Funding is awarded through a competitive bidding process and all English local highway authorities outside London are invited to bid to the fund.

We submitted a bid to the Challenge Fund in February 2015:

Challenge Fund application form (pdf 98kb)

In March 2015 the Department of Transport announced that the council was one of only 28 local authorities in England to be successful with their Challenge Fund bids through this round of applications.

In October 2019 we submitted another bid to the Challenge Fund, this time based around repairs and replacements to highway gullies:

DfT Highways Maintenance Fund Tranche 2B Application Form - East Riding (pdf 106kb)

A decision on whether our bid has been successful is expected in December.

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