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Funding for vital road improvements in the East Riding of Yorkshire which are within Transport for the North’s Central Pennines Strategic Development Corridor has been confirmed today.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP announced more than £40 million of government funding for improvements to Jock’s Lodge junction and the A164 road in East Riding. East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who are responsible for the development and delivery of the major scheme, will also contribute £10.2 million to its delivery. The scheme will reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy.
The work will see the Jock’s Lodge junction between the A164 and the A1079 reconfigured and six miles of road between the Lincoln Way and Castle Hill roundabouts converted into a dual carriageway, allowing more capacity and less congestion for journeys between the Humber Bridge and Beverley.
The Secretary of State made the announcement of funding for Jock’s Lodge at an event to mark the formal opening of the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme, a £400 million upgrade to the A1 which will save drivers up to 3,000 hours in journey time a day.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council said:
“Securing government support and funding for these much-needed highway improvements at Jock’s Lodge Junction is fantastic news for motorists and members of the travelling public.
“The A164 and the A1079 are two of the busiest routes in the East Riding, with 30,000 and 20,000 vehicles using them per day, respectively.
“Jock’s Lodge junction, where the 2 roads meet, has historically always formed a pinch point. This causes congestion and results in delayed journeys for commuters and negatively impacts the productivity of businesses.
“With funding now in place, the council will move onto detailed preparation, procurement and construction.”
Transport for the North’s Chief Executive, Barry White said:
“Transport for the North has identified the Central Pennines corridor as one of seven areas across the North where improved transport infrastructure is vital for economic growth and the Jock’s Lodge junction scheme is one of our early priorities in this area.
“We’re delighted that the Secretary of State has recognised the excellent work undertaken by our partners at East Riding Council in developing this scheme and that work can now start on detailed design, so that northern citizens and businesses can receive the benefits of more reliable and faster journeys and improved road safety as soon as possible.”
The central government funding comes from the government’s Large Local Majors fund, providing the infrastructure that is vital for economic growth. With its local and combined authority partners, Transport for the North has identified a Major Road Network for the North of England, highlighting the local roads that are vital for economic growth to inform future funding priorities.