First look at proposed cycle scheme as residents asked for feedback on plans

One of the artist impressions showing how a new cycle scheme planned for Preston Road, Hull, could look
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Proposals for a new cycle scheme for Hull’s Preston Road are to be put to residents.

Three new visuals have been released by Hull City Council to showcase how the scheme could look, ahead of a six-week public engagement exercise, which launched today (Monday, June 3).

The council appointed Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers Limited to design the scheme, following a successful bid to Active Travel England’s Active Travel Fund (ATF) in May 2023. Securing feedback on the preliminary designs is the next milestone and will help the council’s contractor move to a detailed design phase, with the council aiming to go out to tender later this year and start on site in spring 2025.

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The proposals include the installation of off-road cycle lanes along Preston Road on both sides of the road, between Southcoates Avenue and Marfleet Lane, parallel to the footways, providing separate facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists. Similar to the cycle scheme planned for Freetown Way, cycle-optimised protected signals junctions, also known as CYCLOPS junctions, will also be introduced at Preston Road/Southcoates Avenue crossroads and Preston Road/Marfleet Lane crossroads.

There will also be some alterations to on-street parking at key locations, including the provision of additional parking to the east of Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Councillor Mark Ieronimo, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, roads and highways, said: “These new images really help bring to life the proposed design for this scheme, with the aim of enhancing the cycling facilities on Preston Road and, in turn, of promoting and encouraging more active travel.

Visuals have been released by Hull City Council of the proposed Preston Road cycle scheme
Visuals have been released by Hull City Council of the proposed Preston Road cycle scheme -Credit:Hull City Council
-Credit:Hull City Council
-Credit:Hull City Council

“From speaking to our residents, and through responses to the wide-ranging traffic and travel survey, undertaken in the summer of 2022, we know that improving the city’s transport network is an important priority and that our residents want us to provide the facilities needed to support greater choice when it comes to how they travel. The six-week engagement exercise is your chance to view the preliminary designs and provide us with the feedback needed to progress with detailed designs. This is a key part of accepting the grant funding from Active Travel England.

“This scheme, and the other planned for Freetown Way, not only demonstrates this council’s commitment to providing the facilities needed to encourage more people to choose active and sustainable modes of travel, like cycling, but also to enhancing the city’s highways to make them safer for the benefit of all members of the travelling public.”

You can view and comment on the scheme here. In addition to being able to view and comment on the plans online, the council will be hosting a series of engagement events in locations across the city, including at:

  • Trinity Market – Tuesday, June 11, 10am-3pm

  • Freedom Centre – Wednesday, June 12, 11am-7pm

  • St Stephen’s Shopping Centre – Thursday, June 27, 11am-7pm.