£1.1m roundabout for accident blackspot

Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for highways, infrastrucure and emergency planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Grahame Hicks, chairman of the Action Access A1079 Group, in Market Weighton where the new Holme Road Roundabout is being constructed.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for highways, infrastrucure and emergency planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Grahame Hicks, chairman of the Action Access A1079 Group, in Market Weighton where the new Holme Road Roundabout is being constructed.

Construction of a new £1.1m roundabout at the junction of the A1079/Holme Road in Market Weighton is set to start next Monday (17 November), the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has revealed.

The scheme has been made possible by a successful bid by the council’s transport policy team to the Department for Transport’s £170m Local Pinch Point Programme.

The new roundabout will alleviate congestion for residents of Market Weighton and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor onto the A1079 as well as improving road safety at the junction, where there have been 14 casualties in the past five years.

The scheme is expected to be completed in April 2015, with works up until Christmas taking place to the northern area of the site.

Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for highways, infrastructure and emergency planning, said: “The council is really pleased that work is starting on this important infrastructure scheme, which will benefit motorists and the travelling public for years to come.

“Thanks to excellent financial management and a proven track record in delivering major transport initiatives, the council was able to secure a six-figure sum from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund, with the remainder of the funding coming from the private sector.

“When complete, the new roundabout will improve safety and accessibility for residents of Market Weighton and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor onto the A1079.”

Hull-based construction company Wright Civil Engineering Ltd has been appointed as contractor for the scheme and will work until Friday, 19 December before closing down for two weeks, over Christmas, until Monday, 5 January 2015.

In order to keep disruption to a minimum, two-way traffic flow is to be maintained on the A1079, from 7am-7pm. Outside of these hours temporary traffic control will be necessary at times.

In order to construct the roundabout safely, it will be necessary to implement the following measures:

l From early January, the eastern leg of Holme Road will be closed at its junction with the A1079 to vehicles for up to six weeks.

l From mid February, the western leg of Holme Road will be closed at its junction with the A1079 to vehicles for up to six weeks.

l From early January, there will a ban on right turns in and out of both legs of Holme Road from/to the A1079.

l In late March the whole junction will be closed for five consecutive nights, between 7pm-6am, for final surfacing works.

l From early January, for the duration of the works, there will be a temporary speed restriction of 30mph on the A1079 through the length of the site.