Compulsory purchase and statutory regulation orders have been signed off by the secretary of state for transport for the much-needed and long-awaited Beverley Southern Relief Road.
In September, the council submitted its ‘best and final’ bid for funding. As the project was in stiff competition with many others for a limited Government funding pot, the council identified further efficiencies and savings ensuring the scheme offered maximum value for money. As a result, the cost of the scheme was reduced by over £11 million to £27.3 million whilst the council’s contribution increased by more than £2 million to £6.6 million.
The council is currently working on the final detailed design for the whole Beverley Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) and preparing the specification and tender documents. These will then be issued for tender later this year, the returns analysed and a preferred tenderer determined in early 2013.
A Full Approval bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) to request the £20.6 million of funding will then be submitted, with the aim of beginning works on site in summer 2013 and completed by early 2015.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is a major milestone for the scheme and will allow the council to progress works behind the scenes so we are ready to begin on site next year.
“The road is something all sections of the local community have been campaigning for and will result in much needed improvements to traffic flows, relief of congestion, and a better quality of life for all.”