Roads Minster Robert Goodwill officially opened the Beverley southern relief road today (12 March 2015).
The town’s southern relief road – known as Minster Way – is a 1.7 mile stretch of new road that will carry 13,000 vehicles a day around the town, cutting congestion and improving traffic flows. The new road runs from the A164 Victoria Road roundabout around the south of Beverley to the A1174 Hull Road.
The road is a key part of the £22 million Beverley integrated transport plan, one of the largest capital investments ever undertaken by the East Riding of Yorkshire council, which the Department for Transport has supported with £16.3 million funding.
Robert Goodwill said:
It’s fantastic to see the progress made on this scheme. I know this new road is much needed and has been long awaited by the town.
Beverley’s popularity has grown but the road network, with its narrow medieval streets and one-way system, is unable to meet growing traffic demands. This new southern relief road will help improve residents’ lives by cutting congestion and improving traffic flows in the town centre.
The £16.3 million we have put into this scheme shows that the government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to tackle congestion and boost economic growth.
After cutting a ribbon to declare the new road officially open the minister travelled to Market Weighton to see progress on the new £1.1 million roundabout at the intersection between the A1079 and the Holme Road, which is scheduled to open in April.
The scheme, funded by the Department for Transport’s £170 million fund to tackle local ‘pinch points’, 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.