Integrated Transport Plan - Phase 2
A major regeneration scheme to improve vehicle and pedestrian access around Bridlington’s town centre is underway.
Funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Phase 2 of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) will cost circa £10.7million, with £5.75million from the Humber LEP.
As well as improving access to the town centre, the works will help support future development in the town, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
"The second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan will play an important role in the long-term regeneration of the town.
"The benefits of this scheme cannot be over emphasised, as it will create the right conditions for developers to invest in Bridlington and allow the town to go out and attract new businesses, create jobs and grow the local economy. It also complements the council’s regeneration efforts elsewhere in the town, such as the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington.
"Schemes like this take a lot of careful planning and for funding to be sought. I am pleased to say that this has been achieved and residents will have already seen demolition works taking place ahead of the main works starting."
Phase 2 of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) will include:
- Hilderthorpe Road being widened to provide a three-lane carriageway, one lane in each direction and a right-turn lane, to allow easier and quicker traffic flow
- the realignment of Beck Hill and a new bridge over the Gypsey Race to improve town centre access
- traffic flow along Manor Street being reversed and Bridge Street becoming one-way
- new signage will also be erected.
These works are part of a two-year programme which will be delivered by local contractor PBS Construction and will involve the contractor:
- excavating and laying new roads and shared footpaths/cycleways
- raising the level of Beck Hill before installing the new bridge
- the implementation of an extended 20mph zone
- widening and improving pedestrian facilities in Manor Street and Bridge Street.
Pete Smurthwaite, managing director of PBS Construction, said:
"We are very pleased to have been awarded this prestigious contract in Bridlington and to continue working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council on another of their major civil engineering schemes.
"To secure work for the next eighteen months, to give continuous employment for a number of our employees who all reside in the Hull and East Yorkshire area, is great news for our company. We have carried out several contracts recently in Bridlington for ERYC and will be looking to use local subcontractors and suppliers wherever possible.
"We will also look to strengthen our ties with the local community where we already sponsor the senior football and cricket teams along with several other sporting teams in Bridlington."
Statutory undertakers, such as telecoms, gas, water and electricity suppliers, are already on site to disconnect services to demolished properties and start the larger diversion works ahead of the main scheme starting.
Working closely with Network Rail and Northern Rail, a further phase of improvements with paving and landscaping works to enhance the appearance of the approach to Bridlington train station and its plaza will also be undertaken. This will include new car parking, a drop off area, short stay parking, disabled parking, a large bus lay-by, a new taxi rank and decorative lighting.