£87m road junction transformation plans approved
The £86.9million plans to transform the Jock’s Lodge junction on the outskirts of Beverley were given the go-ahead today as transport minister Richard Holden visited the East Riding.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is preparing to transform the road system that links the A164, one of the county’s busiest roads, with the A1079, to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.
The Minister for Roads met with council officials at County Hall in Beverley today, before heading out to see the A164 and Jock’s Lodge junction site for himself.
Mr Holden confirmed the Government’s approval of the £86.9million plans, including a £40.7million funding contribution from the Department for Transport. The council will fund the remaining £46.2million cost of the project.
“Over £40million of Government funding will be going to transform the Jock’s Lodge junction as part of our partnership with the local council. This will ease congestion, improve safety and grow the local economy,” said Mr Holden.
“It was fantastic to be hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council today and hear first-hand why the funding this Government is providing will help improve one of the area’s busiest roads.
“Supporting road schemes like the one here at Jock’s Lodge is one of the many long-term decisions this Government is taking to keep this country moving, deliver on our Network North plan and back drivers.”
Work on the improvement scheme is due to begin in spring 2024 and expected to be completed in late 2026.
Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We couldn’t be happier that the Government has approved this long-awaited scheme and we can now begin to make it a reality.
“This is a huge project, and when it’s finished, drivers will see a vast improvement on their journeys and spend a lot less time sitting in traffic.”
The improvement scheme will involve the removal of the existing Jock’s Lodge junction, and the construction of:
A new roundabout along the A1079 Hull-to-York road, and a new road connecting it with the Lincoln Way/Minster Way roundabout in Beverley.
Two new roads, travelling northbound and southbound, which will connect the new A1079 roundabout with the A164 further south, near Coppleflat Lane, Bentley.
The A164 will also be widened into a dual carriageway between Coppleflat Lane and the roundabout with the B1233 Harland Way, Cottingham.
North of Coppleflat Lane, the A164 will remain a single carriageway but with A1079-bound traffic diverted on to separate new link roads.
In preparation for the Jock’s Lodge upgrade, the council is currently building a new roundabout at the junction of Main Street and Beverley Road, Skidby, as well as creating a new bus stop. This work is due to be completed in mid-November.
David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, said: “This is great news for the East Riding. Jock’s Lodge has always been a pinch point in the local transport network, causing severe traffic and even accidents.
“Delivering this £87million project investment will benefit people both locally and across the region.”
Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, said: “It is fantastic news that the Government has announced that it is going to put almost £41million in to support the development of Jock’s Lodge.
“After six years of campaigning, finally Beverley is going to have the transport system it deserves. Thank you to everyone involved in the council for all of their hard work to get spades in the ground.”