Major improvements to two key junctions in Holderness Road will take place next year.
As part of the ongoing upgrade in Holderness Road and the refresh of the cycle lanes, a decision has been taken to further improve traffic flow along this busy route.
A filter lane will be introduced for motorists turning right into the Kingston Shopping Centre and McDonalds to minimise disruption to traffic flow along the main route, and new pedestrian crossing facilities will be incorporated at the junction with Southcoates Lane to ensure pedestrians can cross this busy route as safely as possible.
The decision comes as the local authority continues to build on its commitment to improve cyclist, pedestrian and motorist access for everyone.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “As part of our ongoing resurfacing and cycle lane work, we’ve identified two opportunities where further improvements can be made.
“We understand that motorists waiting to turn right from Holderness Road into the Kingston Shopping Centre regularly obstruct traffic heading out of the city during the evening rush hour. This queuing traffic regularly extends up to and beyond the Mount Pleasant junction, creating unnecessary gridlock.
“This is why we are currently looking at diverting the cycle lanes onto the footpaths within the vicinity of this area, so that a right turn lane can be incorporated onto Holderness Road. This will allow motorists who are turning right to queue without obstructing vehicles heading east, reducing the likelihood of traffic building up at the Mount Pleasant junction.”
As plans to install safer cycling routes continues, a further opportunity to improve pedestrian access has also been considered.
For cyclists heading east out of the city, a route will be installed on the pavement so that a lane for right-turning traffic into Southcoates Lane only, can be maintained. In addition to this, a new pedestrian crossing facility will also be installed.
Councillor Hale continued: “There is currently no safe crossing route for pedestrians at this key junction, so we hope that this targeted intervention will help to support some of our most vulnerable road users and improve overall road safety.”
Work on these improvements is expected to begin in 2021.