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Smart technology to support Hull’s transport improvements

Work to improve traffic flow across key city centre routes will begin next week.

As part of the ongoing work to transform the A63 by Highways England, Hull City Council will begin work to improve traffic signals along Hessle Road and Anlaby Road over the next few weeks.

It will include a technological overhaul of the current traffic signals with smart technology, to ensure more efficient and effective journey times for motorists and pedestrians.

The upgrade will also help to support the diversion routes for the A63 scheme.

Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for highways, said: “As our city continues on its journey to improve the transport network, these improvements are critical.

“The improved technology will ensure the network is able to effectively manage the expected increase in vehicles using these west Hull routes, and encourage people to travel using more sustainable transport.

“We apologise in advance and ask that motorists are patient while we carry out these essential upgrades.”

Smart cycling facilities will be installed alongside the new cycle lanes. This means that a new cyclist detection system will be added to the traffic signals, and when activated by a cyclist they will get a head start via a green cycle signal.

Pedestrian crossing facilities will also have additional technology to help minimise delays, and timings have been adjusted to help traffic flow from the east to the west of the city, with improved access to Rawling Way from Anlaby Road.

Traffic stop lines will also be moved further into the centre of the junction to increase capacity and use up more road space for waiting motorists.

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