Regeneration work steps up a gear

An artist impression of what the new Beck Hill bridge will look like

An artist impression of what the new Beck Hill bridge will look like

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A major multi-million pound regeneration scheme to improve vehicle and pedestrian access around Bridlington has now started.

Funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and £5.75m from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Phase Two of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BridITP2) is set to help support future development in the town, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

Properties on Hilderthorpe Road have been demolished for work to begin

Properties on Hilderthorpe Road have been demolished for work to begin

Bridlington contractor PBS Construction are now beginning work with their first job being to divert the Gypsey Race.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “The regeneration of Bridlington is now gathering momentum and the council is pleased to be working with a local contractor in PBS Construction to deliver the second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan.

“When complete, this scheme will represent a significant investment in terms of transport infrastructure in Bridlington and will also help create the right conditions for developers to invest in the town.”

Phase Two work includes the level of Beck Hill being raised as well as improving traffic flow with the widening of Hilderthorpe Road to provide a three-lane carriageway.

The section of Hilderthorpe Road from just after the junction with Springfield Avenue up to Bridge Street will be closed from August 15 for around nine weeks so a water main can be diverted. A diversion route will be in place along Springfield Avenue, Prospect Street, Manor Street and Bridge Street. Pete Smurthwaite, managing director of PBS Construction, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded the contract for this prestigious project, which will continue the regeneration of Bridlington.

“As a company, it is important to have continuity of work and with this scheme being of 18 months duration it will employ a good proportion of our workforce. The council is also keen for their contractors to increase employment of apprentices and other skills and engage fully with the local community, which we will be looking to do. We are obviously very pleased that, as a local company, we have been given the opportunity to tender for this scheme and be successful with our bid to work with the council on this regenerative project.”

Statutory undertakers, such as telecoms, gas, water and electricity suppliers, have been on site for several months, disconnecting services to demolished properties and, more recently, working on larger diversion works.