Temporary black surface for Beverley Road cycle track amid construction materials shortage

A new section of cycle track on Beverley Road will be temporarily surfaced with black tarmac, instead of the now-familiar green, because of the shortage of construction materials that is affecting projects across the country.

More than 5km of Beverley Road is being revamped as part of plans to create a safer environment for cyclists travelling into and out of the city.

Because of the nationwide supply issues, the new shared pedestrian/cycle track between Wellington Lane and Terry Street will be temporarily finished in black tarmac with a white line painted down the centre. This is because black tarmac is much cheaper to use now and remove at a later date.

The finished track will see the black tarmac removed and replaced with green, with raised demarcation blocks down the centre to assist visually impaired people.

The temporary surface will be completed by Tuesday October 12, with the green resurfacing to be carried out at a later date.

Councillor Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for transportation, roads and highways at Hull City Council, said: “With the nationwide shortage of construction materials, we have taken the decision to temporarily surface this section of cycle track in the most cost-effective way, so it can be completed at a later date when the necessary materials are available.”

Last year, Hull City Council was awarded £2.7m from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, allocated by the former Humber LEP, towards delivering improved cycle links in the region, with £500,000 of this being used in the East Riding. The fund is now being managed by the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP.

Cllr Kirk said: “With this improved infrastructure, Hull City Council is making cycling a realistic transport choice for new and experienced cyclists alike.”

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