Freetown Way in Hull. Picture: Google Street View

Cycling upgrade to begin in Freetown Way in Hull

Hull firm Ashcourt Group has been appointed to carry out cycle improvement works in Freetown Way in Hull.

The scheme will include widening the cycle lane and putting in segregation to provide protection for cyclists between Great Union Street and the New Cleveland Street junction and the city centre.

The route will also undergo a redesign with additional signage and green road markings.

The work will increase capacity for cyclists as well as providing a safe travel space. It will begin in the next few weeks as part of the funding allocated by the Department for Transport (DfT) emergency active travel grant.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “We have a major opportunity to make significant changes to our cyclist network post Covid-19. Over the past few months many of us have had to make huge changes to the way we live, work and travel and as part of these changes, cycling has seen a huge resurgence, with many of the city’s residents making the most of the quieter roads.

“In order to secure the first stage of funding from the DfT, we are required to submit our plans to progress the cycling upgrade scheme by Friday 5 June. We’ve chosen to work with Ashcourt Group as they are already working on the cycle infrastructure for the Stoneferry Corridor project.”

Hull City Council has provisionally been awarded £1.36m by the DfT to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure.

The funds will help fast-track the authority’s plans to making key improvements to cycle routes across the city as part of the 10-year local cycling walking and infrastructure plan.