East Riding of Yorkshire Council is installing a new toucan crossing that will significantly improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Goole’s J36 employment area.
The new crossing comes after concerns around pedestrian safety were raised with the council. The crossing aims to ensure the continued growth of the employment area. Replacing the existing pedestrian refuge island on the A161 Tom Pudding Way, the crossing will enhance safety and improve the connection between the expanding employment area to the north and the main Siemens manufacturing site and Oakhill Country Park to the south. Work to install the toucan crossing will begin on Monday, November 13, and will take about three weeks to complete. Temporary two-way traffic signals will be in operation intermittently throughout this period. The need for improved infrastructure in the area has become evident as interest and investment in the industry and housing continues to increase, including Siemens Mobility’s new rail manufacturing facility, an 800-home Beal Homes development and plans to unlock the Goole Freeport tax site. Recent traffic surveys conducted by the council showed an increase in the volume of traffic, as well as highlighting the speed and size of the vehicles using the road. The surveys also showed that a growing number of cyclists were using the existing crossing.
Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is committed to ensuring a safe and accessible environment for residents, visitors, and businesses in the region. This project represents a significant step towards improving a safer and more of the J36 Goole area, supporting the region's continued growth and development. “An improved, safer walking route to the Oakhill Nature Reserve from the new housing development will also provide benefits for community wellbeing.” The project is funded for by the council's Enterprise Zone Retained Business Rates Fund.
New crossing to improve safety in Goole employment area. (14-09-315 SU)