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Friday, July 5, 2019

Week after Look North bulletin - area sees a string of accidents

In the week after the campaign made it on Look North the area suffers a string of accidents.

On Monday (16:24 01/07/2019) a 2-3 car shunt occurred on the approach to the Brough exit slip road (Water Ln) heading west-bound on the A63. Two ambulances were called out. This is the very area we have the greatest concern about and we are in the quiet traffic season. Collision resulted in considerable traffic queues including on the east-bound slip road onto Welton Road which resulted in a number of near misses on the A63.

On Wednesday (16:15 03/07/2019) a lorry travelling at speed pulled in on a car just past the South Cave exit heading east bound. Hull Daily Mail

Today (Friday am 05/07/2019) two cars were involved in a shunt on the approach to the South Cave exit heading westbound on the A63.Hull Daily Mail

This whole area is simply too congested and needs traffic calming measures as an urgent priority. We will be adding this to the growing evidence we will present later this month. Start taking note ERYC and Highways England. 

ERYC you are creating this problem by failing to accept that house building and poor road infrastructure are adding to traffic dangers in the are. You have failed to model the true impact of all the housing/mixed developments in Brough and South Cave. 

ERYC planning officers have lied in front of me in a planning committee meeting when asked by a counsellor if the impact/benefit of the proposed Brough relief road from Moor Rd to Skillings Lane had been modelled. The answer was "no" but you fudged the answer.

Highways England you have acknowledged that the junctions at Brough and South Cave would not meet current minimum standards and yet you have failed to oppose the further development of this area until road safety issues on the A63 are addressed.

You will both be found negligent when someone dies as a consequence of these planning oversight failures. The community is watching and waiting for you to act.

4 comments:

  1. I would like the names of the people opposing the relief road so that we know which person to take to court if one of our loved ones dies due to their negligence

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    1. The planned relief road from Moor Rd to Skillings Lane is to go ahead. The issue with this relief road is that its impact or benefit has never been modelled. Consequently, ERYC don't actually know what benefit it is likely to provide. Given the roads that it connects to (SKillings Lane and Saltgangs Road) the answer is probably very little. An alternative road from Moor Rd to Welton Interchange never made it to the planning submission stage (this was more than 10 years ago). We would like to see this option back on the table, everything modelled properly using up-to-date traffic monitoring data.
      The picture is a complex one but some simple traffic calming measures on the A63 could make a big difference in improving safety in the area in the short-term.

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  2. We agree with all the comments noted, but would add that this problem had been growing for a number of years. It almost beggars belief that the local (ERYC) planning authorities could agree to such large scale housing development without considering the absolute necessity to provide a much improved road network. To consider even further house building is leading towards 'gross negligence' in their (ERYC) duties towards the communities of Brough & South Cave. It is now time for local to voice their concerns loud and clear.....it cannot continue.

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    1. Yes this has been an insidious problem caused by the fact that smaller housing developments do not require a full traffic impact assessment on the area; only on the immediate junction where it joins existing road infrastructure. Consequently, nearly 250 homes have been built with no additive modelling of their impact on the A63 junctions.
      We are asking for a halt to this practice as it's not hard to see that development creep can have a devastating impact on the safety and convenience of existing residents.

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